Richie Ramsay and Chris Doak find rich rewards on links

Oliver Wilson shows off the Dunhill Links trophy (Getty). Richie Ramsay, below
Oliver Wilson shows off the Dunhill Links trophy (Getty). Richie Ramsay, below
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Two players with a Capital connection banked close to £350,000 between them after producing strong last-day performances in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Richie Ramsay, who lives in Morningside, picked up a cheque for around £218,000 as he finished joint-second behind Englishman Oliver Wilson at St Andrews.

For finishing fifth on his own, Chris Doak, who lives in Livingston and is attached to Turnhouse, earned just under £125,000.

Ramsay’s effort lifted him up to 35th in the Race to Dubai, securing his place in the Final Series starting next month.

Having leaped 44 places to 71st on the money-list, Doak has cemented his European Tour card for another season.

Doak, a former Tartan Tour No.1, has lived in Livingston since July and admits he has benefited enormously from having Turnhouse as his new base.

“They’ve got great practice facilities there,” he said after signing off with a 66 on the Old Course to secure the biggest pay-day of his career.

“I hit my own golf balls and go out in the tractor and pick them up, which is great fun.”

Following the death of Bob Torrance earlier in the year, Doak is now being coached by Paul Arthur, a one-time Turnhouse man who is now the PGA pro at Canmore in Dunfermline.

“It’s a bit of a lottery going with someone else who doesn’t teach the same way, so I’ll need to go and thank him,” said Doak of Arthur sticking to the Torrance template.

As he savoured using the Dunhill Links to secure his card for the second year running, Doak also praised his new caddie, East Calder major winner Dave Renwick.

“My plan was to do well over the next two weeks and have a few months at home to spend with the family and get stuff organised,” he said.

“The Race To Dubai is still a target, though, especially if my caddie keeps doing his stuff. Dave has been on the bag for the last five weeks and the experience he has is the reason why I gave him the call.

“The problem in the first few weeks was all down to me and my attitude but the baby (new daughter Eva) was on the way, so it was a wee bit nerve-wracking wanting to be there. But Dave’s been brilliant.”

Ramsay, who has been based in the Edinburgh area now for a few years, was on course for his third European Tour triumph when he opened up a two-shot lead with three holes to play.

But, after dropping shots at the 16th and 17th, he was overtaken by Wilson as the Englishman landed his first victory in style at the 229th attempt.

“I am proud of the way I stuck in,” reflected Ramsay after his fourth top-10 finish in five events. “I played really well the whole week.

“I didn’t get it done but I gave it 100 per cent. I played to win and if there is one person you would lose to you’re probably glad it is Ollie.”

Stephen Gallacher finished joint-32nd after a closing 73 that included a double-bogey 6 at the tenth, where he drove into a bush.

“I’ve struggled a bit off the tee all week, really, and I’m a bit disappointed,” admitted the Ryder Cup player.

As he takes a break before next week’s Volvo World Match Play in Kent, Gallacher is off fishing tomorrow. “My doctor is taking me salmon fishing on the River Teith,” he said. “I’ll be getting the waders on, but I’ll probably be 2-1 to fall in.”