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  Sunday, 29 September, 2002, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK
Torrance tactics spot on
Sam Torrance is sprayed with champagne after the victory
Torrance was praised for his bold tactics
Three years ago, Ben Crenshaw pulled off a masterstroke on the final day of the Ryder Cup.

Europe looked destined for an away win, requiring just four points in the 12 singles matches on the final day.

But the American captain put out his top six players first in a bid to turn the tide of the contest.

The move proved to be spot on as Messrs Lehman, Sutton, Mickelson, Love, Woods and Duval snatched victory in the first six ties.

On Sunday morning at the Belfry, European captain Sam Torrance followed suit, sending out the leading Europeans in a bid to hand momentum to his team.


We had the idea following Brookline, we learned how a team can get on a roll and it worked
Mark James on the singles tactics

Four-and-a-half points out of six was Torrance's reward for his boldness, Sergio Garcia the only "big gun" to lose.

And momentum was exactly what Torrance received as Phillip Price pulled off a surprise win and Niclas Fasth and Paul McGinley netted halves to win the Ryder Cup.

Initially the draw had surprised the home side, Colin Montgomerie, who picked up a 5&4 win over Scott Hoch, among those shellshocked.

The Scot said after his singles win: "I expected to be about sixth or seventh where I normally am so it was a bit of a surprise.

"I did not know I was going out first until I saw the draw. Sam had said nothing to me about it.

"But I spoke to Sergio over breakfast (who went out second) about it. We just decided to go for it."

Montgomerie was the first man back victorious in the clubhouse as Torrance's plan immediately paid dividends.

Former Ryder Cup captain Tony Jacklin
Jacklin was unsuccessful with a similar ploy in 1983

Assistant captain Mark James, the losing captain at Brookline, insisted he had no doubt the Europeans had made the right team selection from the outset.

Revealing Torrance had not taken long coming to a decision over his line-up, he said: "We had the idea following Brookline.

"We learned how a team can get on a roll and it worked."

Crenshaw's, and latterly Torrance's, decision was nothing new, former European captain Tony Jacklin among those to have taken that route back in 1983.

It failed to work out for the continent as the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Sandy Lyle struggled in their ties and the Americans eked out a one-point victory.

But Jacklin afterwards revealed he felt Torrance had made the right choice on Sunday.

He said: "I think Sam read it right. It was definitely the right way.

"He went out with the power and the boys did what they had to do out there."

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