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Torrance not concerned by form of team

Despite the poor form of members of his Ryder Cup side, European skipper Sam Torrance says he is unworried, suggesting that the excitement of the cup can lift good golfers from the doldrums to the peak of their game.

Sergio Garcia and Pierre Fulke were the highest finishing members of Torrance’s side at the US PGA as they trailed home for a share of tenth place.

But their mediocre form was encouraging compared to the ongoing problems being experienced by Colin Montgomerie, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwoodand Thomas Bjorn – all of whom failed to make the cut.

However in an interview with the BBC Torrance appeared calm as he said, "The PGA has never a great one and over the years we've not performed that well so I'm not going to look that deeply into it. It's always a tough one for us.

"The States had quite a few players struggling as well and we're certainly not in a worse position than they are.

"Duval, Sutton and Azinger are struggling, but with the excitement of the cup, it can lift you from the depths of despair to the heights of your game."

And Torrance's optimism was echoed by team member Jesper Parnevik who told The Daily Record, "Even if you play brilliantly the week before the Ryder Cup there's no guarantee you will play well.

"Once the players get to The Belfry, it will all take over by itself. Experience counts for so much at the Ryder Cup.

"Our strength is our team spirit."

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