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Sam Torrance pitches for 2001 captaincy

Sam Torrance will regard it as the greatest honour of his life if he is asked to be Europe's Ryder Cup captain, succeeding Mark James who believes that he will return to the Belfry in 2001 - as a player.

If he does then Torrance will ensure that the behaviour of players and crowd alike will be better at The Belfry in 2001 than it was in Boston this weekend. Torrance was outraged at the antics of the crowd and more so the players, interviewed on Sky Sports moments after the infamous invasion of the 17th, he was visibly livid and described it as "disgusting"

Torrance said: "I don't think I'm good enough to make the next team - but I certainly want to be there. To be captain would be the greatest honour of my life, but until I am offered it I can't comment on it."

Perhaps by using the phrase "until" rather than "if" may be a hint that he has already been earmarked for the role.