- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 24, 2002

SUTTON COLDFIELD, England (AP) After a three-year wait, the Ryder Cup finally returned with a real jolt an earthquake that shook central England early yesterday morning and roused European captain Sam Torrance from his sleep.

"We didn't know what it was, whether it was something explosive," Torrance said.

It was the worst earthquake in Britain in 10 years, measuring a magnitude of 4.8. Police in Birmingham said there were no reports of injury or damage.

Most of the U.S. team was still in Ireland when the earthquake shook the area shortly before 1a.m., although captain Curtis Strange said some of the players' wives had already arrived in the Birmingham area.

"I understand it shook pretty good, didn't it?" he said to Torrance. "We worry about the fans. We ought to worry about earthquakes."

Torrance, who described himself as a heavy sleeper, was awakened by the quake, and said Jesper Parnevik ran out on the balcony.

Parnevik was in New York on Sept.11, 2001, wrapping up a photo shoot when two hijacked planes toppled the twin towers.

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