Last Updated: 07/03/14 4:16pm
Paul McGinley has unveiled Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as two of his vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup
Paul McGinley has unveiled Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as two of his vice-captains for this year's Ryder Cup.
The European skipper is counting on the experienced duo to provide valuable advice and insight as he attempts to retain the trophy against Tom Watson's American team at Gleneagles in the autumn.
Torrance played in eight consecutive Ryder Cup competitions following his debut in 1981, holing the memorable winning putt at the Belfry in 1985 to seal Europe's first victory in 28 years.
The 60-year-old Scot then proved an inspirational captain at the Belfry in 2002, where McGinley rattled in the decisive 10-foot putt at the 18th to reclaim the trophy three years after the disastrous final-day meltdown at Brookline.
Torrance will be joined on McGinley's backroom team by fellow veteran Smyth, who featured in two Ryder Cups as a player in 1979 and 1981.
The 61-year-old had previously served as an assistant Ryder Cup captain to Ian Woosnam in 2006, when Europe stormed to a record-breaking nine-point victory at the K Club.
Smyth, who has collected 25 professional victories worldwide, mentored fellow Irishman McGinley during his early years on the European Tour.
McGinley said: "I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice-captains for the Ryder Cup.
"As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September.
"They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea.
"They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea."
"Des took me under his wing when I was a young rookie on Tour and he gave me tremendous advice which was not only valuable then but has continued to ring true for me throughout my professional career.
"His views and ideas about The Ryder Cup particularly have consistently proved to be spot on and I really enjoyed working with him as a vice-captain in 2006 when I was a player.
"Sam is a man who has probably had the most influence on me in terms of playing team golf in my career.
"Being my first captain in The Ryder Cup in 2002, I learned a huge amount from him and have continued to do so over the years.
"Since those early days, our relationship has grown to see us become firm friends and, living not far apart, we see a lot of each other socially as well."
McGinley is expected to add further assistant captains to his team ahead of the contest in September, while the likes of Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez believed to be among the front-runners.
Watson, who was the American captain when they last won on European soil in 1993, last month announced Raymond Floyd and Andy North as two of his vice-captains for the Gleneagles showdown.
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