Ramsay sneaks win in Morocco
Richie Ramsay recovered from mid-round meltdown to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday.
The Scot would close with a final round of 69 at the Golf du Palais Royal course to finish on ten under for the tournament, but it nearly wasn’t to be, almost undoing firm sports betting markets.
After a run of four birdies, Ramsay looked to be cruising to a third European Tour title but he bogeyed the seventh and some below average chipping saw him triple bogey the par three eighth.
After three pars in a row to calm things down, Ramsay would roll in three birdies in a row to get back in front. A par on the last would see him two strokes ahead of Romain Wattel.
After a superb drive, the Frenchman birdied the par five 17th and needed to pick up another birdie on the last to force a playoff. However, he missed the final green and rolled in a par putt, settling for second place.
“I knew I was still in the mix and I made great putts on nine and ten just to keep the momentum going,” said the 31-year-old on europeantour.com.
“I stood over the putt on the 12th hole and I just thought my putter feels absolutely great, I could see all the lines.
“I pretty much took it by the scruff of the neck the next two holes and the seven iron on the last is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit in terms of visualisation and execution, it was just perfect.”
Behind Wattel, there were six players tied for third place on eight under including the South African duo of George Coetzee and Jaco van Zyl, as well as two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal.
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