Colin Montgomerie claimed his first title in over a year at the Irish Open. In the process, he moved from 13th to sixth in the Ryder Cup standings.
That may prove to be one less problem Torrance, the 2001 European Tour Ryder Cup captain, will have to face when the time comes to form his team.
Montgomerie heads the field in the $2.8 million Smurfit European Open. Jose Maria Olazabal, Lee Westwood, Paul Lawrie, Retief Goosen, Bernhard Langer, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Michael Campbell are among those also scheduled to compete.
Goosen is making his first start since defeating Mark Brooks in an 18-hole Monday playoff in the U.S. Open.
Westwood is the defending champion. He fired a closing 66 to wrest the title away from Angel Cabrera and Per-Ulrik Johansson.
The victory a year ago marked the Englishmans third title of the season; this year, he enters the tournament seeking his first.
Westwood has experienced the biggest joy in his personal life this year, when his first child was born in April. But hes also had to endure perhaps the worst season ' at least, thus far ' in his professional career.
The 28-year-old has more missed cuts than top-10s (3 to 2) on the European Tour this season.
He shot 75-76 to miss the cut in the U.S. Open. And in his last start, he shot 81-74 to miss the cut in the Great North Open.
Westwood is currently fourth in the Ryder Cup standings. His position is secure, but his play has been shaky. Torrance will certainly be hoping lightning strikes twice in as many weeks.
Full field and tee times for the Smurfit European Open