Rookie Ramsay leads in Wales
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2009 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open | Round Two | 06 Jun 2009
European Tour rookie, Richie Ramsay, leads the Celtic Manor Wales Open by one shot over the inform Englishmen Robert Rock and Ross Fisher.
The 25-year-old former US Amateur Champion is finding his feet on the European Tour after a standout season on the Challenge Tour in 2008 during which he won twice. Having advanced to the European Tour in 2009 he has generally struggled although a good tournament last week at the European Open gave hope that things were on the improve. Ramsay suggests his form is perhaps better than his results would indicate.
“I played lovely in Ireland, and I missed the cut by one, but I was on the wrong side of the draw. I was playing in the rain. So I played great, but I missed the cut by one. So take that out of the equation, I played lovely at Wentworth and missed it by one.”
“At the London Club, I just said to myself, I’ve been playing good, so carry on and stick with your game plan, and I played well, and also am now taking it into Wales.”
Fisher surprisingly missed the cut last week in Kent after finishing runner up at the BMW PGA Championship a week earlier. Fisher finished 10th in this event last year and is expected to go close to winning this week. Fisher said after his round that while he was not planning on missing the cut last week he feels better for having had a few days off.
Rock also missed the cut last week but had been playing very well earlier including when runner-up after a playoff at the Irish Open.
Frederik Andersson Hed, Ignacio Garrido, Jean Baptiste Gonnet and last week’s 5th placed Jeev Milkha Singh are in a share of 4th.
Marcus Fraser and Richard Green are in 12th position and just four behind the lead, Wade Ormsby is 34th, Michael Curtain and Mark Brown are 58th, defending champion Scott Strange 62nd.