Strange Torrance Swap Laughs at Belfry


The Benson and Hedges tournament in England was the occasion, Ryder Cup captains Sam Torrance and Curtis Strange were the principals, and laughter mixed with lots of earnest chatter was the discussion. The verdict: the 2001 Ryder Cup will have an abundance of sportsmanship, even if it is hard-fought between the United States and Europe.
Strange and Torrance are in England to play the Benson and Hedges. Both said to forget Brookline and the 1999 Ryder Cup. Ahead is the opportunity to engage in a Ryder Cup that would be devoid of jingo-ism while exhibiting plenty of good golf.
'This match is our match and our time,' said U.S. captain Strange. 'We want to move on. I think I feel the same way about that as Sam.'
Strange said it is the captains' responsibility to set an attitude which will affect to the players. 'It starts with us, Sam and I, and then filters through the players, and the media, and to the public,' he said. 'The gallery here will be rooting hard for Sam's team, but they are good golf fans. It will be a tough atmosphere to play in, but it's fun. It is part of my job to prepare my players for that.'
Torrance, who has been extremely critical of the American display on the 17th green when Justin Leonard sank a crucial putt, said the past is forgotten. 'That was done and dusted and out of the way,' he said. 'I think the event can take care of itself.'
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