Torrance Elects Switch to Fourball


European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance exercised his option to switch the opening format of play from foursomes to fourball in Septembers big event at The Belfry.
While 99 American captain Ben Crenshaw chose foursomes ' or alternate shot ' as the opening style of play in the last edition at Brookline, Torrance decided to make the switch, as was his right as the home captain.
In fourball, each member of a two-man team plays their own ball and then takes the lower score of the two.
According to a recent Reuters report, Torrance's decision came in part from a conversation with 97 European captain Seve Ballesteros, who elected to open in fourball in that year.
While the strategy did not seem to have much of an impact (the four morning matches were split 2-2), Team Europe would go on to win the event 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.
However, Crenshaw's '99 decision to begin with foursomes was met with a bit of a backfire for the Americans, as Europe took a 3 1/2 to 1/2 lead in the early morning.
Of course, they would come back to win with the now-famous final day heroics.
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