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Torrance wins Golfer of the Month award

European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance has been named the European Tour's golfer of the month for September following his team's victory over the United States 19 days ago.

Europe went into the last-day singles at The Belfry as underdogs but, galvanised by Torrance's bold strategy of sending out his best players early, they surged to a memorable victory by 15-1/2 points to 12-1/2.

Torrance, who has earned 1,000 pounds ($1,549) for the Golf Foundation through his award, said in a statement on Thursday: "I'm delighted to accept on behalf of each and every member of the (Ryder Cup) team.

"The atmosphere in the team room was terrific throughout the entire week and we've all been on a high since winning the cup back."

The sponsors of the monthly award will also recognise Europe's triumph over the U.S. by presenting each member of Torrance's team -- including vice-captain Ian Woosnam and backroom staff Joakim Haeggman and Mark James -- with a specially engraved dish.

Previous winners of the European Tour's golfer of the month award this season include Justin Rose (January and May), Jose Maria Olazabal (February), Ernie Els (March and July) and Retief Goosen (April).

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