Golf: Torrance is troubled by flower-pot power: Ryder veteran runs into obstacle while Walker amateurs agree to a quick change

SAM TORRANCE'S Ryder Cup place has been put in doubt by a collision with a large stone plant pot. Torrance, whose three victories this season made him a near certainty to play in the Ryder Cup for a seventh successive time, was involved in a bizarre accident in his hotel room at The Belfry.

Torrance, who will be 40 next Tuesday, is prone to walk in his sleep, a condition he thinks he may have inherited from his mother. After retiring to bed on Tuesday night he woke in agony to find the plant pot in pieces on the floor of his room. 'Apparently I just walked straight into it,' Torrance said, 'and when I awoke my chest was hurting.' Yesterday morning he consulted a specialist at a hospital who initially thought the Scotsman had fractured his sternum. An X- ray, however, revealed heavy bruising.

Torrance withdrew from the pro- am at the Murphy's English Open and will not decide until today whether to compete in the pounds 600,000 championship.

Torrance, who is sixth in the Ryder Cup table, is due to tee off in the first round today with Tony Johnstone and Ian Woosnam. Woosnam is 10th in the Ryder Cup table and the top nine automatically qualify, Bernard Gallacher, the captain, choosing the remaining three. This is the penultimate event that counts towards Cup selection.

At the English Open last year the sponsors did not pay appearance money and not one of the big six turned up. The sponsors have spent money to ensure the presence here of Woosnam and Sandy Lyle.

After saying that Gallacher should not be forced to pick players who realistically should make the top nine, Woosnam said: 'To tell you the truth I'm pretty sick of the Ryder Cup.' He is entered for the German Open but may not play. 'I'm getting a bit tired,' Woosnam said. 'I've been putting really badly and there's nothing I can do about it.'

Sandy Lyle, who is 23rd in the standings, has been suffering on the greens but says he is keen to play at The Belfry. 'If I was Gallacher I'd pick me,' Lyle said. 'It's hard to have five or six new players in the team.' Lyle is of the view that money won on the US Tour by Europeans should count towards selection. 'It would take a bit of pressure off the leading players and has got to be looked at.'

Lyle is in the position he is in because he has played in only eight events on the European Tour out of 28 and has missed the cut in four of them. Woosnam has played in only 10. Since November, when he won the Volvo Masters, Lyle has dropped 21 places in the Cup table. Jose-Maria Olazabal, who is not playing here, is lying ninth and runs the risk of being overtaken. 'Olly hasn't got a safe shot at the moment,' Lyle, who played with the Spaniard at the US PGA last week, said. 'I tried to help him out.

Seve's going through a similar crisis. He's the only man I know who can put a pretty swing on it and the ball goes sideways. In a fourball Seve and Olly might drag the Americans down to their level.' When Lyle begins to dispense advice we know Europe's in trouble.

Suggested Topics
Life and Style
A teenager boy wakes up.
Life and Style
It is believed that historically rising rates of alcohol consumption have contributed to the increase
food + drink
Life and Style
fashionEveryone, apparently
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has already been blamed for a rise in the number of callouts to the fire brigade for people trapped in handcuffs
voicesJustine Elyot: Since Fifty Shades there's no need to be secretive about it — everyone's at it
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Critics say Kipling showed loathing for India's primitive villagers in The Jungle Book
filmChristopher Walken, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johanssen Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale
Life and Style
Playing to win: for Tanith Carey, pictured with Lily, right, and Clio, even simple games had to have an educational purpose
lifeTanith Carey explains what made her take her foot off the gas
Arts and Entertainment
The White Sails Hospital and Spa is to be built in the new Tunisia Economic City.
architectureRussian billionaire designs boat-shaped hospital for new Dubai-style Tunisia Economic City
Arts and Entertainment
You could be in the Glastonbury crowd next summer if you follow our tips for bagging tickets this week
Husain Abdullah returns an interception off Tom Brady for a touchdown
nflLeague has rules against 'sliding to ground on knees'
Life and Style
Life and Style
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Kylie performs during her Kiss Me Once tour
musicReview: 26 years on from her first single, the pop princess tries just a bit too hard at London's O2
Arts and Entertainment
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Java Developer - web services, XML and API

£330 - £350 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Lond...

Maths Teacher

Negotiable: Randstad Education Reading: Maths Teacher required to teach Furthe...

Primary teachers required for schools in Norwich

£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Primary teachers requ...

Trainee Helpdesk Analyst / 1st Line Application Support Analyst

£18000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established and growing IT Consultancy fir...

Day In a Page

Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style