Richie Ramsay

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Richie Ramsay
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Richie Ramsay
Born (1983-06-15) 15 June 1983 (age 31)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Aberdeen, Scotland
Spouse Angele (m. 2012)
Career
College McLennan Community College
Stirling University
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Challenge Tour 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 2007
U.S. Open CUT: 2007
The Open Championship T58: 2013
PGA Championship CUT: 2013

Richie Ramsay (born 23 June 1983) is a Scottish professional golfer.

In 2006, Ramsay became the first British golfer in almost a century to win the U.S. Amateur.[1] He also won several other amateur titles and played in the 2005 Walker Cup.

Ramsay turned professional in 2007, and played two seasons on the second tier Challenge Tour, winning twice in 2008. He finished 8th on the end of season rankings that year to graduate to the elite European Tour for 2009.

Personal life[edit]

Ramsay was born in Aberdeen. He is an honorary member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and was a student at the Stirling University in Scotland, where he graduated in 2007.

Amateur career[edit]

Ramsay won the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship in 2004, and the Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship in 2005. He went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup later that year.

In 2006, Ramsay won the U.S. Amateur, defeating American John Kelly 4 & 2 in the 36-hole final. He was the first British player to win the championship since 1911, and the first Scot since 1898.[1] He topped the first edition of the World Amateur Golf Ranking, which was issued by the R&A on 23 January 2007.

After playing in the 2007 Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and Open Championship, for which he had qualified through his U.S. Amateur victory, Ramsay turned professional. The move meant that he would not be eligible to play in a second Walker Cup later that year.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Ramsay made his professional début in August 2007 at the European Tour's Russian Open.[2] He finished that event in a tie for 53rd place, and completed the remainder of the season playing tournaments on the second tier Challenge Tour. Having failed to come through final qualifying school at the end of the season, he again played on the Challenge Tour in 2008. He won his first professional tournaments during the 2008 season, the Vodafone Challenge in Germany and the AGF-Allianz Golf Open Grand Toulouse.[3] He ended the year in 8th place on the Challenge Tour Rankings to graduate directly to the European Tour for 2009.[4]

In 2009 Ramsay finished the season inside the top 100 of the Race to Dubai and secured his tour card for 2010. At the second event of the 2010 season, held at the end of 2009, he won his first title on the European Tour by defeating Shiv Kapur in a playoff for the South African Open.[5]

By 2011 Ramsay was firmly established on the European Tour with 6 top ten finishes taking him to the top 30 of the Order of Merit for the first time.

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2004 Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship
  • 2005 Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship
  • 2006 U.S. Amateur

Professional wins[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 20 Dec 2009
(2010 season)
South African Open Championship −13 (67-75-68-65=275) Playoff India Shiv Kapur
2 2 Sep 2012 Omega European Masters −16 (69-68-64-66=267) 4 strokes Sweden Fredrik Andersson Hed, Australia Marcus Fraser
France Romain Wattel, England Danny Willett

Challenge Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 17 Aug 2008 Vodafone Challenge −16 (65-70-69-68=272) 1 stroke Germany Stephan Gross Jr (am), Scotland George Murray
2 5 Oct 2008 AGF-Allianz Golf Open Grand Toulouse −19 (67-70-64-68=269) 2 strokes England Richard McEvoy

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT T58
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ramsay storms to US Amateur title". BBC Sport. 27 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Ramsay pro switch hits Cup hopes". BBC Sport. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Scots star Richie Ramsay scoops win in Toulouse". The Daily Record. 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Golfer Richie Ramsay is back with the big boys after securing Tour playing rights". The Scotsman. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Scotland's Richie Ramsay wins the South Africa Open". BBC Sport. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 

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