Richie Ramsay romps home to win the Trophee Hassan II on the Golf du Palais Royal course in Morocco.
Richie managed to recover from four dropped shots in just two holes to claim a dramatic one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco, with a final round -3 under par 69 and a tournament total -10 under par.
Richie, from the home of golf, Scotland, spoke about the dramatic turn of events in picking up his third European Tour title;
“I made six, as simple as that. I just didn’t execute the shot the way I wanted too, hit a poor chip, it came back in the divot, wouldn’t come out, chipped on and two putts, easy six!
“I knew I was still in the mix and I made great putts on nine and ten just to keep the momentum going.”
“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 thought ‘just go for it, this is your time’. 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.”
Romain Wattel finished in second place, just one shot back at -9 under par, his final round -2 under par 70 not quite enough to give him his maiden European Tour win.
There was a six way tie for third, all on -8 under par, Jaco Van Zyl, George Coetzee, Pablo Larrazábal, Mikael Lundberg, Kevin Phelan and Chris Wood.
Former Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal is going to The Masters, he is a two-time winner there, and a top ten finish here has set him up nicely for Augusta;
“I didn’t expect this earlier in the week.”
“The first day I put together a decent score and struggled Friday, then yesterday it all fitted in on the back nine. Today was a bit like yesterday and I was really happy with my score.”
“I saw the leaderboard on 18 and knew I had a putt to lead in the clubhouse. It’s nice to have a round like this and a tournament like this for confidence.”
“It is a different course at Augusta, it is really long there for me now. It’s much better to have a score like this than not, but I know how tough Augusta is these days.”