Richie Ramsay enjoyed his first full taste of “daddy day care” last week but is now looking forward to getting back to business in the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek.
The Edinburgh-based player spent three days on his own with baby daughter Olivia and the proud dad was positively beaming as he described the experience as “brilliant”.
“Just spending time with her and finding out the little things she does during the day was pretty cool,” admitted Ramsay to the Edinburgh Evening News on the practice range at the Regnum Carya resort, where the £5.7 million event starts today.
Earlier on his career, the Aberdonian was totally focused on trying to squeeze everything he possibly could out of his game and, to a lesser degree, that is still the case.
However, a combination of getting married and then starting a family with his American wife, Angela, has led to Ramsay having a different perspective on life these days.
“I appreciate the golf a bit more this week because I spent three days with Olivia,” he added. “It’s trying to find the balance and I knew that was going to be the hardest thing after becoming a parent.
“The most important thing is trying to be happy. I had a good chat the other day about a few things with my coach, Ian Rae. Life to me, I’m very much it’s what you do that defines you, not what you have.
“It’s not whether you have a BMW 7 Series or 1 Series. It’s trying do my best every day. That makes me happy and spending time with Olivia.
“It’s a no-regrets thing. You know if you hand in a piece of work and you did only 80 per cent of it, that’s not good. I try and do 100 per cent and try and apply the 100 per cent, even though it is tough when you are trying to get the balance between work and family life.”
Ramsay heads into this week’s first Final Series event sitting 68th in the Race to Dubai and needs to climb into the top 60 by the end of next week’s Nedbank Challenge in South African to get into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in a fortnight’s time.