Ramsay claims win # 2 at Omega Masters
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2012 Omega European Masters | Wrap | 03 Sep 2012
Richie Ramsay cruised to his second European Tour title at the Omega European Masters with a display as stunning as the scenery in the Swiss Alps.
The former Australian and US Amateur Champion, who opened his European Tour account at the 2010 South African Open Championship, earned €350,000 to climb to into the top 20 of The Race to Dubai after romping to a four shot victory in Crans-sur-Sierre.
Ramsay started the day with a one shot lead over his compatriot Paul Lawrie and England’s Danny Willett, but that advantage was swiftly wiped out when Lawrie eagled the first hole.
But Ramsay responded with a birdie of his own, and made four further gains to race to the turn in just 31 strokes.
A brief wobble on the 13th hole was swiftly rectified when he holed his wedge for an eagle at the next, allowing the man from Aberdeen ample breathing space, and he eventually signed for a round of 66 for a 16 under par aggregate winning total.
He said: “Since winning in South Africa I’ve made a lot of tough decisions about my career, and today was vindication of that. It’s an incredible place to play golf, so to win here is very special. You can get caught up looking at the scenery, but I knew I had a job to do here today.
“I had a clear goal in mind, and all the way round I was imagining I was playing with my best mates from back home. I performed unbelievably well against two of the most in-form players about. Paul’s playing the golf of his life, and Danny’s one of the best young players on the Tour. So it was always going to be difficult, but I managed to pull it off.”
Second place was shared on 12 under par by Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, Australian Marcus Fraser, Frenchman Romain Wattel (all 66) and Willett (69).
Brett Rumford was the next best of the Australians when he finished 19th and Scott Barr took advantage of a start in a European event when he was 23rd.
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