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Last Updated: Monday, 20 September, 2004, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
Woosnam gets Torrance vote
Ian Woosnam and Sam Torrance
Former European Ryder Cup winning captain Sam Torrance says Ian Woosnam is the right man to lead Europe at the 2006 match in Ireland.

Torrance, who had Woosnam as a vice captain at the Belfry two years ago, told BBC Sport: "I think Ian Woosnam should get it (the 2006 captaincy).

"He's got the credentials, he's been vice captain. He's got a tough act to follow, but he'd be very good."

Bernhard Langer and Colin Montgomerie are also contenders for the role.

Langer has admitted he would be tempted to stay on as captain after masterminding an historic 18-9 win over the US at Oakland Hills on Sunday.

And Montgomerie said he would be honoured to lead the side if he was selected by the European Ryder Cup Board in December.

Former Ryder Cup heroes Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle have also stated their desire to be considered for the captain's role at The K Club, near Dublin.

Whoever eventually gets the nod, Torrance believes the next European captain will be blessed with an immensely confident and strong group of players.

It was the greatest performance of any Ryder Cup team - American or European - without question
Sam Torrance on Europe's 2004 Ryder Cup win
"It's not going to be hard for the captain to follow this win because of the confidence of the European team," added Torrance.

"After this win, the players will all know what is possible."

Torrance's side won a gripping match at the Belfry in 2002 by three points when the USA had looked favourites to win needing just six points on the final day.

But the Scotsman said this latest performance by Europe's best golfers to win the 35th Ryder Cup eclipsed all other previous victories.

"Every single man in the team - from the captain to vice captains to all the players - they just had the time of their lives," Torrance said.

"It was the greatest performance of any Ryder Cup team - American or European - without question.

"I thought '87 was our best performance when we beat them at Muirfield Village, which was the first time ever we beat them in America, but this was golf at its best.

"I thought they would win, but I didn't think they'd win it so easily. It was never a contest really.

"The Americans got off to a flying start in the singles, but the Europeans just waited their time and beat them comprehensively."



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