Richie Ramsay Player Profile And What's In The Bag
RICH RAMSAY ended his seven-year wait for a fourth DP World Tour title as he nervelessly holed his tricky par putt at the 18th to win the 2022 Cazoo Classic by one shot.
After clinching victory, an emotional Ramsay said: "The biggest thing for me was I made a promise to my daughter and I don't break promises to her.
"I said I would get her a trophy and this one's for her. It just feels unbelievable. The belief. I've had some bad times over the last couple of years but I kept believing, I knew my game was good.
“It's links golf and I feel like I've always got an advantage when I play links golf. There's nothing better than holing a putt under the gun - when it matters, when the tournament is on the line.”
Overnight leader Julien Guerrier had been the man to catch for most of the day at Hillside Golf Club but birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th saw Ramsay head to the last with a one-shot lead.
The 39-year-old missed the fairway off the 18th tee but managed to give himself an eight-foot par putt, which he duly holed to sign for a closing 69, finish the tournament on 14 under par and return to the winner's circle for the first time since his Trophée Hassan II victory in March 2015.
The win will help Ramsay banish the memory of his near-miss at the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett in May, where a closing double bogey ended his chances of victory at The Belfry.
Local favourite Paul Waring finished alone in second on 13 under thanks to his Sunday 70, with Guerrier in a five-way tie for third another shot back alongside Marcus Kinhult, Robin Petersson, Daan Huizing and Grant Forrest.
Ramsay went into the final round one shot back but saw that deficit extended to three strokes early on as he opened with seven straight pars and playing partner Guerrier made back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth.
The Scot got his first birdie of the day from 12 feet on the eighth but gave the shot back at the 12th after missing the fairway off the tee.
But as Guerrier's bogey on the 13th opened the door for the chasing pack, Ramsay took full advantage, birdieing the 14th to get to 12 under before a two-shot swing at the 15th earned him a share of the lead as he made a birdie and Guerrier dropped a shot.
Ramsay took the outright lead courtesy of a brilliant birdie on the 17th which moved him to 14 under, but he missed the fairway at the 18th, giving hope to Waring, who was in the clubhouse on 13 under.
But he produced a stunning par save on the last to secure a one-shot victory.
Who Is Richie Ramsay?
Ramsay was born in Edinburgh in June 1983. He played in the Walker Cup in 2005 and the following year became the first Briton in almost 100 years to win the US Amateur.
He made his professional debut in August 2007 at the European Tour’s Russian Open and completed the remainder of the season playing tournaments on the Challenge Tour.
He won twice in 2008 and qualified for the DP World Tour and by 2011 Ramsay was firmly established on the European Tour with six top-10 finishes taking him to the top 30 of the Order of Merit for the first time. He won the South African Open in 2009, the European Masters in 2015 and the Trophee Hassan in 2015.
Ramsay averages 299 yards from the tee and hits 53.6% of fairways. He hits 65% of greens in regulation and averages 29.1 putts per round.
What’s in Bag Richie Ramsay's Bag?
- Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS 8.5°
- Fairway: Callaway MAVRIK Max 15°
- Hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro 21°
- Utilities: Callaway X Forged UT 21 24°, Callaway X Forged UT 21 24° (set at different specs)
- Irons: Callaway Apex TCB 21 6-PW
- Wedges: Callaway JAWS MD5 52°, 56°, 60°
- Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG #7
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