An emotional Richie Ramsay dedicated his Cazoo Classic win to his daughter Olivia after potting an 8-foot putt on Hillside’s 18th hole to win his first tournament in six years.
The Scot pulled off a brilliant finish with three birdies on the last five holes, but it was a two putt from the front of the green that secured a round of 69 for a total of 14 under par and a one-shot victory for Paul Waring , which made the tears flow.
Ramsay had promised his daughter he would win a trophy for her as he had not tasted victory since she was born and had collapsed on the final hole of the British Masters at The Belfry in May when he was just a stroke clear of ‘Duff ” would have. his second shot into the water from the middle of the 18th fairway and ends with a double-bogey six.
“Maybe I haven’t been in a good place in the last few years but the biggest thing was that I made a promise to my daughter and I don’t break promises to her,” he told Sky Sports.
“I said I would get her a trophy. I haven’t won since my daughter was born and that’s six years. This is for Olivia. I hope she’s watching.
“It feels incredible, this relief. I kept believing, I knew my game was good.
“I know what happened at The Belfry but it’s links golf and I feel like I always have an advantage when I play links golf and there’s nothing like sinking a putt under the gun while the tournament is at stake.
“Like I did, potting that putt last – hours of practice and it all comes down to one shot.
“No matter what happens now, I will remember it for the rest of my life.”
Ramsay, and to a lesser extent Waring, took advantage of the sloppy golf of Julien Guerrier, the overnight leader at Southport.
The Frenchman, who bogeyed his last hole on round three, had increased his lead by two to lead by three at the turn, but then had three bogeys in his last six holes to squander his chance.
Waring, with three birdies in his last eight holes, took the clubhouse lead from 70 to 13 after one round and, despite being outmatched by Ramsay, the Wirral golfer from Birkenhead 30 miles down the road, improved by 88 places to just outside the top 60 in the DP World Tour rankings.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/richie-ramsay-olivia-british-masters-pure-wirral-b2130208.html Richie Ramsay delivers on promises to daughter with emotional Cazoo Classic win