CAPITAL-BASED Richie Ramsay is feeling quietly confident that his fourth European Tour triumph is just around the corner.
The 34-year-old has a real spring in his step after seeing some hard work over the winter pay dividends with a top-five finish in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He closed with a best-of-the-day eight-under-par 64 at Emirates Golf Club to leap from joint-49th overnight into a share of sixth spot behind China’s Haotong Li.
“To have a round like that so early in the season is big for me because I’m not an early-season player,” said Ramsay after securing a pay-day for close to £42,000.
“Being that bit longer off the tee (with a new Callaway driver), I can see now why the scores out here are so low while I’ve also done a lot of work with distance control and that’s got a lot better.”
Two-time winner Stephen Gallacher had to settle for a share of 57th spot after closing with a 71 to finish on seven-under.
“I couldn’t get any momentum going,” he said afterwards. “For 12 holes today I hadn’t really missed a shot but I am being punished for my bad ones just now. My ball stuck up a tree at the 14th, for example, when I was three-under.”
Li claimed the biggest win of his career after picking up three birdies in the last four holes to pip two-time winner Rory McIlroy by a shot.
“Happy, incredible,” replied the 22-year-old to being asked to describe his emotions after posting a tournament record total of 23-under-par to deny McIlroy a record-equalling third victory in the event.
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