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Richie Ramsay

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 6/23/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 154

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Richie Ramsay is one of the former winners in the field contesting this week's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
The Scot has three European Tour wins and the most recent came in this event three years ago when he shot 10-under to beat Romain Wattel by a shot. That came at Golf du Palais Royal, a venue where he's finished in the top 20 in all five starts. He hasn't found this week's track, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, anywhere near as easy and two visits have produced a pair of missed cuts (2010 and 2017). Ramsay finished T6 in Dubai back in January and returned to action after a two-month break with T72 at the Open de Espana. Some rust was understandable but he did click in round two when hoisting up a 66, while hitting over 80% of greens in regulation was also impressive. He's a viable option although his appeal would be far higher if the tournament was being played at the former venue. Apr 18 - 6:06 AM

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Richie Ramsay is all set for an eighth appearance in the Open de España, this year hosted for the second time by Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid.

The Scot's record in Spain on the European Tour has two distinct spells. From debut in 2009 until 2011 he was 6-for-10 but with only one finish better than T37 and that was only T21. Since then? 8-for-8 with a worst effort of T33, six results of T16 or better and three top threes. The bad news amongst all of that is his sole effort on the course: It fell in Ramsay's early Spanish period and was a missed cut. He's made only four starts this season: T40 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, T6 in Dubai Desert Classic, T62 in Maybank Championship and a missed cut in the Qatar Masters. He is 6-for-7 in the tournament.
Apr 10 - 1:35 PM

Richie Ramsay was excited about his form during the mini-desert swing of the last two weeks and now heads to the Maybank Championship at Saujana G&CC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"Honestly," he told The Scotsman newspaper in Abu Dhabi. "This might be the first tournament of the year, but I am already thinking of winning soon." He didn't maintain the pace (he started 68-70 , then ended 72-72 for a T40 finish), but he ranked second for Greens in Regulation (83.3%) and fourth for Driving Accuracy (67.9%) which contributed to him leading the Ball-striking ranking. Last week he went in the opposite direction, rounds of 70-69-69-64 speeding him through the field for T6 and this time the putter worked too (9th for Putt Average). Two course visits don't bode well however: 79-73 in 2009, 73-72 in 2017, both early trips home.
Jan 30 - 4:22 AM

Morning starter Richie Ramsay thrashed a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to lie just two back of Tommy Fleetwood's clubhouse lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC.

"Probably the best opening round of a season I've ever had," he speculated afterwards and he was right; his previous best was a 68. What he didn't add was that he's only once gone lower on this course and he did so Thursday largely thanks to the front nine. There was a bogey at the fourth, but there were also four birdies, at 2, 5, 8 and 9. The back nine was a more sedate affair, witnessing eight pars and a solitary par breaker at the 18th to close. He had early difficulties with this course, missing the cut on his first three visits. Since then he is 4-for-5 and whilst 2016's T16 is his best return this is the fourth time he has been in the mix. "I've got four new clubs in the bag," he explained. "I love the added distance off the tee. I also got a week's work with my coach Ian Rae in Dubai, that built confidence."
Jan 18 - 4:37 AM

Richie Ramsay has improved his record at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in recent years and will look to make a strong start to his season when he tees it up there again this week.

The Scot missed his first three cuts at Abu Dhabi GC (2009-2011) but continues to try his luck at the par 72 and in his last four visits has finished T16 in 2016 and T23 in 2013. Ramsay finished 31st on the 2017 Race to Dubai, his best performance since 26th in 2012, and was in the money in 21 of his 27 events, including eight of his last nine. Those are reliable numbers although there's obviously an element of risk taking him on board here given that he hasn't played competitively since finishing T36 in November's DP World Tour Championship.
Jan 17 - 8:09 AM

Richie Ramsay gets reward for another solid campaign by taking his place again in the 60-man field in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Scotsman, ranked 29th on the Race to Dubai, is playing this event for the sixth time in the last seven years and his last two appearances show T16 in 2014 and T17 in 2015. He's also got some progressive form coming in after chasing T44 in the WGC-HSBC Champions with T27 in Turkey and T19 in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge. The European Tour doesn't list Strokes Gained stats but Ramsay tweeted a screengrab from of his numbers for the Nedbank. They showed him +4.89 Strokes Gained Tee To Green but -1.46 in Putts Gained. "Nedbank stats tell a story," he noted. Ramsay's best Race to Dubai finish is 26th (2012) so he has the chance to beat that mark this week.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 09:18:00 AM

Richie Ramsay will be hoping to maintain his title bid if he gets off to another bright start in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

Twelve months ago the Scot hit a fine opening lap of 69 to lie T4 and have high hopes heading into the heart of the tournament. But a Friday 76 derailed his bid and a weekend of 73-72 followed to troop in only T25. His record in the country is a bit quirky. He had made only five cuts in 11 starts, but when he does make the final two rounds he has always finished T26 or better. The best of the lot was when he won the 2009 South African Open and most recently he was T12 in this year's Tshwane Open. He's played all four rounds in his last ten strokeplay events and in that time ranked 13th or better eight times for Greens in Regulation. He was T27 last week in Turkey, two 71s bookending a pair of 68s.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 06:11:00 AM

Richie Ramsay thrashed a fine 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the British Masters to hit the 54-hole mark T2 on 11-under 199 at Close House GC.

The Scot closed his front nine in utterly sensational style, granting him the chance of claiming victory on the Lee Westwood Colt Course Sunday. He had opened the round with five straight pars before making birdies at 6 and 8, but the best came on the steely downhill par-4 ninth, which had a forward tee for Moving Day. He drove the green and made eagle. On the back nine there was only one par breaker, a birdie-4 at 13 which went some way to making up for the double bogey-7 he made there on Thursday. "My putting pace was very good today," he said. "That was probably key because the long ones at the end were basically just tap-ins, which is nice." He's locked in a five-way tie for second, one behind leader Robert Karlsson.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Richie Ramsay is the man to chase in this week’s Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

The bookmakers favorite this week, the Scot has plenty to back up those claims. First up he has a strong 5-2 record in the tournament. Moreover he has twice been defeated by players who went on to make the last four (his only other pro experience in head to head golf was a first round defeat to Louis Oosthuizen in the 2013 WGC World Match Play, but he was the 2006 U.S. Amateur champion). Add in his form and the picture is complete. He was a superb T2 in the Irish Open before contending both the Scottish Open and Open Championship and then recorded T8 in the European Open, coincidentally also in Germany. The only downside is his course experience which stretches to no more than one round (a 74 before a DQ last year). He plays Tom Lewis in round one.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 10:55:00 AM

Richie Ramsay continued his impressive recent form with a 4-under-par 37-31=68 in round two of the Porsche European Open in Germany, good enough for the clubhouse lead of 6-under 138 before heavy rain caused suspension of play at 12:59 local time due to a waterlogged course.

Ramsay's round has lifted him 29 spots to T5 on the live leaderboard, two shots behind on-course leaders Jordan Smith (16 holes played) and Ashley Chesters (13). The Scot, who was runner-up in the Irish Open earlier this month and then prominent at Royal Birkdale before settling for T22, posted five birdies against a single bogey at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg today. His one blemish came at his first hole of the morning, the 10th, but he shook off the bad weather after that and collected red numbers at 11, 15, 5, 7 and 8 to surge up the leaderboard. Right now, Ramsay has a one-shot lead in the clubhouse over Michael Jonzon, Jose-Filipe Lima, Chris Paisley and Thorbjorn Olesen (all finished at 5-under).
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 07:50:00 AM

Richie Ramsay's hopes of a further forward leaderboard move in the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale stalled Saturday, the Scot posting even-par 34-36=70 to end 54 holes at 2-under 208 and in a tie for 11th.

That's eight swings behind leader Jordan Spieth after the Scot had gone into round three just four back. Ramsay said he felt his ball-striking in Friday's tough second round was as good as it's been for a couple of years but it wasn't quite on point today as he hit just half the 14 fairways and found 11 greens in regulation. His big day started poorly with an opening bogey although he joined the birdie party with gains at Nos. 2 and 4 to get some momentum. He ran into trouble after that though, dropping shots at 10 and 12 before at least ending on a high note. Ramsay birdied the par-5 17th and then, after a delay when his birdie attempt had hung on the lip at 18, watched his ball drop in for a closing red number. Having never even managed a top 50 in a major, this has been a breakthrough week for him but the 34-year-old will want to finish it off in style Sunday.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Richie Ramsay coasted to an even-par 34-36=70 during round two of The 146th Open, jumping inside the top 10 as he heads into the weekend on 2-under 138.

Ramsay split eight (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, actually quite impressive in the 20-to-40 MPH winds this morning. He took 30 swipes with the putter today, evidence that he left a few strokes out there today, but also shows that his proximity to the hole may not have been that low. The Scot arrived this week with a pair of good prep starts, finishing runner-up at the Irish Open and backing it up with a T35 at last week's Scottish Open. Despite the home country he resides from, Ramsay has yet to finish better than T58 in six attempts at The Open.
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Richie Ramsay raced through the field on Sunday to post a thrilling 7-under-par 33-32=65 to total 18-under 270 and finish T2 alongside Matthew Southgate in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC, finishing six strokes behind the winner Jon Rahm.

The Scot made a cosy journey to the turn, making three red numbers at 1, 4 and 7. His back nine was bookended by bogeys at 10 and 18, but in-between he he was one fire and has booked himself not only a season’s-best finish, but a place in The Open too. In that seven hole stretch he made four birdies at 11, 13, 16 and 17, the latter two from 15’0", plus an eagle-3 at the par-5 14th from 18’0". The result is his third top ten in the Irish Open and his first (in strokeplay) on the European Tour in exactly one year.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 12:16:00 PM

Richie Ramsay will be looking to maintain a strong affinity for the Northern Irish seaside in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Co. Londonderry.

The Scotsman has three finishes of T16 or better in seven tournament starts – and two of them have come on the links in Northern Ireland. Two years ago he actually held a share of the halfway lead at Royal County Down before finishing T10, and he was T16 at Royal Portrush in 2012. Add a T2 and T4 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, plus T6 in last year’s Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and his game is strong by the sea. What of his form? Alas, after four solid appearances in late April and May when he was inside the cut mark at the end of every round, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open and then last week in France.
Tue, Jul 4, 2017 05:59:00 AM

Richie Ramsay is one of the golfers in this week's Nordea Masters field with experience of playing at Barseback Golf & Country Club, a course being used on the European Tour for the first time since 2009.

Ramsay posted T24 there eight years ago and it promised to be much better than that after he opened with a pair of 70s to sit tied third after 36 holes. This is his first return to Sweden since T53 in the 2014 edition at PGA Sweden National. The Scot is coming in off T30 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where he topped the Driving Accuracy stats but was only T50 for Greens In Regulation. He's had a quiet season so far, with T12 at the Tshwane Open his best result in 10 starts.
Wed, May 31, 2017 07:17:00 AM