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he holds the record for the most appearances in European Tour events with 706.
Smyth won two and lost five of his seven Ryder Cup matches, coming up against a tough American side over at The Greenbrier in 1979 and then suffering a nine point reverse on home soil at Walton Heath two years later.
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He's played in eight Ryder Cups overall, winning three, and has collected 10 points from 28 matches, while he's been a vice captain and a captain once each before.
With a lot of the planning already in place, the major issue of team selection and potential partnerships is now at the top of the agenda, and McGinley and his two new right hand men will be picking their way through the best players Europe has to offer.
Torrance has also holed the winning putt in a Ryder Cup himself, beating Andy North in 1985, again at the Belfry he might wish the event was again being held there this year. Torrance was also a member of the first European team to win over on American soil as they prospered at Muirfield Village in 1987.
Both men may not have been the first names on everyone's lips, but they are both men who know a thing or two about the Ryder Cup, and crucially they are both very well known to McGinley.
McGinley was in that team at The K Club so knows how Smyth operates as a vice captain, so again that familiarity will only help the atmosphere in the team room which is often so crucial in these huge events.
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The 61 year old's best asset might be his relationship with the Ryder Cup captain, as he was a mentor to McGinley during his early years on the European Tour, and being that close can often help when offering some home truths when needed and not pulling any punches when decisions have to be made.
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Perhaps one worry would be that his last involvement was his victorious captaincy back in 2002, so it'll be a 12 year absence away from the event that he'll have to get over and get back into the swing of things.
On the playing front Torrance claimed 21 European Tour victories during his time, and has also added 11 Senior Tour Adidas Neo Advantage White Black wins as well, while Adidas Neo City Racer Black
as well, notching eight wins on the European Tour and five Senior Tour victories in fact as a professional he's had wins in each of the last five decades.
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Saying that, he was captain in last year's Seve Trophy, a shrewd move by McGinley as it enabled Torrance to get back into the habit and amongst the younger players on Tour these days and after all few people have as much experience as his 10 Ryder Cups.
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However, after tasting those lows he was part of Ian Woosnam's backroom team at The K Club on home soil in Ireland when Europe powered away to a record nine point win of their own and that will be the feeling he draws upon for Gleneagles.
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