Finally back to winning ways

Richie Ramsey became the first Scot to win on the European Tour this season at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco this week, getting the Brits back to winning ways after several disappointing weeks.

With four British players in the final five tee times on Sunday, including two Scots it looked promising that we would have a winner from the home countries once again.

Richard Bland, David Horsey, Ramsey and Andrew Mcarthur were all in with a shot of winning the tournament going in to the Sunday but only Ramsey could hold his own against the rest of the field.

Mcarthur ended up tied for 34th after teeing up in the final tee time having had a disastrous last day, of five-over-par, Bland and Horsey could not push on either to challenge Ramsey for the trophy.

Several other British players had very good last rounds, none more so than Chris Wood, shooting five-under and moving up 17 places to finish tied for third.

Mark Foster shot six-under on the final day but was too far behind to challenge the leaders on the final day, he would have been hoping for a tournament next week to continue his form from the last day.

Tommy Fleetwood tried his hardest to gain an invite to Augusta in two weeks time on the final day also moving up 17 places but it was not the first place finish he needed, along with Andy Sullivan who will not be playing at the Masters either.

Winner Ramsey moved on to the Race to Dubai leaderboard with this win having not been off the mark before this victory.

The Scotsman held off Frenchman Wattel to win by a shot on ten-under, after a final round of three-under-par, including a triple bogey at the par-three eighth hole, where it looked as if he had thrown all the hard work away.

Thankfully Ramsey kept his head with help from his caddie to be triumphant in the secluded grounds of the royal golf course in Morocco.

His win does not affect the top 10 of the Race to Dubai, where Danny Willett still holds top spot and Ross Fisher remains in third, with Andy Sullivan in ninth and Scot Marc Warren in tenth position.

Next up is the big one in Augusta in two weeks time, a chance for players to push up the world rankings and make a name for themselves, increasing their chances to play for their country at next year’s Olympics.


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