Ramsay leads European Masters

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay leads at the midway mark of the Omega European Masters thanks to strong opening round performance.

Ramsay shot six birdies and an eagle to card an eight-under 62 in the opening round on Thursday, and followed up with five birdies and a bogey to card a 66 in the second round on Friday.

The world number 177 tops the leaderboard on -12, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson a shot behind and American Brooks Koekpa and Englishman Graeme Storm tied for third on ten-under.

“Today was a little bit tougher, especially on the back nine where some of the pins were very tricky,” Ramsay told the European Tour website.

“The rain made life a bit trickier and the temperature also dropped, which made distance control difficult. So it was definitely harder than yesterday, but I stayed steady and my attitude was good again, so overall it was another good day’s work.”

“I’ve got a lot of experience in this tournament, and I’ve got some experience of leading at the halfway stage.”

Donaldson carded one of the best scores of the round, shooting seven birdies and a bogey to score a six-under 64 and improve on his first round score by a single stroke.

“I played well again today, especially on the front nine,” he said.

“I probably could’ve gone one or two shots lower today, but golfers always say that. We’re never happy!

“Overall, I’ve got to be very happy with the way I played and the position I’m in.”

Storm, meanwhile, fired a four-under 66 after five birdies and bogey.