Torrance Forced to Withdraw from Benson


European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance withdrew from the Benson and Hedges International Open shortly before his third round tee time on Saturday.
Torrance, who at just four shots off the lead, was in contention for the tournament, pulled out of the event after damaging his intercostals muscle, which is located near the ribs.
The injury first occurred during Fridays round, as Torrance noticed a twinge in his rib area on the driving range. He played without problem, carding a fine score of 70, but then noticed a popping sensation in the same area later in the afternoon on the driving range again.
He had an ultrasound performed immediately and received physiotherapy on Friday night, but when attempting to hit his first shot on the practice range on Saturday, realized immediately that he would be unable to play.
I had a couple of twinges during the night when I was turning over and then I got up this morning just hoping it would be gone, Torrance said. I went and hit a wedge on the range and thought, Oh, no, because it was just like a knife going in.
Despite the letdown, Torrance remained upbeat of his captaincy in September at this same De Vere Belfry course.
I suppose the one good thing to come from this is, that no matter how many injuries I get in September, it wont affect the performance of the team. I can walk and talk, pick and choose, bully and shout even though I have damaged ribs.
Oddly enough, this is not the first time Torrance has had to withdraw from an event at The De Vere Belfry. First, he accidentally walked into a potted plant inside his hotel room and cracked his sternum during the 93 English Open. Then, in that same season of 93, Torrance had to have a toenail removed which forced withdraw in the Ryder Cup.
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