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Viewers were treated to an exciting and tense final round at Hillside Golf Club, with a number of players vying it out for a DP World Tour title. However, in testing conditions, it was Scotland's Richie Ramsay who came out on top, securing his first trophy since the 2015 Trophée Hassan II.
It was an emotional victory for Ramsay who, just a few months ago at the British Masters, suffered the "biggest kick in the teeth" after duffing his second shot from the middle of the fairway into the water. Eventually, he walked off with a double-bogey six to miss out on the title.
"I haven't been in a good place for the last couple of years," admitted an emotional Ramsay. "This win is for my daughter. I kept believing and I knew my game was good and I know what happened at The Belfry, but this is Links golf and I always feel I have an advantage on Links golf.
"There's nothing better than holing a putt under the gun and when it matters. When you're six-seven years old you are holing those putts for tournament wins. I felt the nerves coming down the stretch, but I played great. I haven't won since my daughter was born and that was six years. This one is for Olivia!"
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Beginning the final day, Ramsay sat one back of leader, Julien Guerrier, with the Scot in a three-way share of second place as play got underway on Sunday. After five holes, it was Guerrier who held the advantage, as back-to-back birdies at the fourth and fifth put him three shots clear.
Going into the back nine his advantage stayed at three, with five players chasing down the Frenchman who was looking for his first DP World Tour title. However, Guerrier's nerve was soon starting to falter, as bogeys on the 13th and 15th saw his advantage wiped out.
Ramsay's newest opponent was now Paul Waring, with the 37-year-old birdieing the 17th to get to 13-under-par and a clubhouse target following a par at the 18th. Like Waring, Ramsay also birdied the 17th to take a one shot lead down the last.
Failing to hit the green with his approach, Ramsay smashed a putt up the green, finishing some eight-feet away for a first title since March 2015. Starting it to the right of the hole, the putt fell in the middle, cueing wild celebrations from the Scot who finally secured that first title for his daughter, Olivia.
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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