Sam Torrance: 'Defeat at Medinah would not spur me on'

Sam Torrance, European Ryder Cup Vice-Captain is pictured during a Ryder Cup Press Conference on March 06, 2014
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Sam Torrance believes that the defeat at Medinah two years ago would not spur him on if he were a member of Team USA.

Former European captain Sam Torrance has revealed that he believes the manner in which the USA lost the Ryder Cup at Medinah should not give Tom Watson's team extra motivation.

Europe retained the trophy two years ago despite being 10-6 behind ahead of the final day, and Torrance has suggested that such a disappointing result for the Americans could harm their chances at Gleneagles.

"If it was me I don't think that would spur me on," Torrance told reporters. "I would think that would put a lot of doubts in my head, the fact that you're four points clear at home and you lose.

"I don't know how that would spur you on, it's almost more [deflating]."

Torrance is serving as one of Paul McGinley's vice captains at Gleneagles.

Who will win the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles?

Europe
Draw (Europe retains)
USA
Europe
68.0%
Draw (Europe retains)
8.0%
USA
24.0%
Captain Bernhart Lange, with Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie, holds the trophy as the European team celebrates 2004 Ryder Cup award ceremonies in Detroit, Michigan, September 19, 2004
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