Richie Ramsay (born 23 June 1983) is a Scottish professional golfer.
In 2006, Ramsay became the first British golfer in almost a century to win the U.S. Amateur. He also won several other amateur titles and played in the 2005 Walker Cup.
Ramsay turned professional in 2007, and played two seasons on the second tier Challenge Tour, winning twice in 2008. He finished 8th on the end of season rankings that year to graduate to the elite European Tour for 2009.
1 Personal life,
2 Amateur career,
3 Professional career,
4 Amateur wins,
5 Professional wins
5.1 European Tour wins (2),
5.2 Challenge Tour wins (2),
6 Results in major championships,
7 Team appearances,
8 See also,
10 External links,
Ramsay was born in Aberdeen. He is an honorary member of Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and was a student at the Stirling University in Scotland, where he graduated in 2007.
Ramsay won the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship in 2004, and the Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship in 2005. He went on to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the Walker Cup later that year.
In 2006, Ramsay won the U.S. Amateur, defeating American John Kelly 4 & 2 in the 36-hole final. He was the first British player to win the championship since 1911, and the first Scot since 1898. He topped the first edition of the World Amateur Golf Ranking, which was issued by the R&A on 23 January 2007.
After playing in the 2007 Masters Tournament, U.S. Open and Open Championship, for which he had qualified through his U.S. Amateur victory, Ramsay turned professional. The move meant that he would not be eligible to play in a second Walker Cup later that year.
Ramsay made his professional début in August 2007 at the European Tour's Russian Open. He finished that event in a tie for 53rd place, and completed the remainder of the season playing tournaments on the second tier Challenge Tour. Having failed to come through final qualifying school at the end of the season, he again played on the Challenge Tour in 2008. He won his first professional tournaments during the 2008 season, the Vodafone Challenge in Germany and the AGF-Allianz Golf Open Grand Toulouse. He ended the year in 8th place on the Challenge Tour Rankings to graduate directly to the European Tour for 2009.
In 2009 Ramsay finished the season inside the top 100 of the Race to Dubai and secured his tour card for 2010. At the second event of the 2010 season, held at the end of 2009, he won his first title on the European Tour by defeating Shiv Kapur in a playoff for the South African Open.
By 2011 Ramsay was firmly established on the European Tour with 6 top ten finishes taking him to the top 30 of the Order of Merit for the first time.
2004 Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship,
2005 Irish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship,
2006 U.S. Amateur,
European Tour wins (2):
20 Dec 2009,
South African Open Championship
2 Sep 2012
Omega European Masters
Fredrik Andersson Hed, Marcus Fraser, Romain Wattel, Danny Willett
Challenge Tour wins (2):
17 Aug 2008
Stephan Gross Jr (am), George Murray
5 Oct 2008
AGF-Allianz Golf Open Grand Toulouse
Results in major championships:
The Open Championship
DNP = did not play,
CUT = missed the half-way cut,
"T" = tied for place,
Yellow background for top-10.
Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2005,
Eisenhower Trophy (representing Scotland): 2006,
St Andrews Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2006 (winners),
Bonallack Trophy (representing Europe): 2006 (winners),
Palmer Cup (representing Europe): 2006 (winners)
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