Richie Ramsay – Biography
Born in Aberdeen in 1983, Richie began focusing on golf at the age of 14 after years of playing a number of different sports. After winning several district events during the forthcoming years and then representing Scotland at International level finishing 6th in the World Boys in 1999, it was clear that golf was the right choice.
Following a brief spell in America, winning one tournament and picking up All-American honours, Richie returned to Scotland and enrolled at the University of Stirling. He went on to win the Scottish Universities Championship, East of Scotland and most importantly the Scottish National Championship in the lowest recorded total (15 under par). After making his full Scotland cap at the end of 2004, Richie went on to win the Irish Strokeplay Championship earning selection for the 2005 Walker Cup. His next big win came at the 2006 United States Amateur giving exemptions for the Masters, US Open and the Open Championship. After rounding off 2006 representing Scotland and GB&I on winning teams and finishing 9th in the World Amateur Championships, Richie finished the year as world No. 1 amateur.
Richie turned to the professional game in 2007 and during his first year recorded 4 top ten finishes in 9 Challenge Tour events and gained a full card for the 2008 season. In 2009 he played 31 events and finished 14th in the BMW Italian Open, 10th in the Wales Open and 4th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.
Richie’s 2010 season got off to the perfect start with his first European Tour win at the South African Open. His 3rd place finish at the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai also showed that Richie is capable of competing at the very highest level. In 2011 Richie was close to his second tour victory after finishing five events inside the top 10, to include 3rd place at both the Castello and Andalucia Masters, having been the leader in Andalucia after the first two rounds.
Richie proved in 2012 that he has a huge future ahead of him after capturing his second European Tour title at the Omega European Masters. Having started the year in fine form by winning the Emirates Airline Invitational in Abu Dhabi with an outstanding 62, he then went on to finish 2nd in Korea at the Ballantines Championship. A three week spell towards the end of the summer saw Richie finish 6th at Gleneagles, 2nd at the KLM Open along with the win at the Omega European Masters.
|Born:||15 June 1983|
|Place of Birth:||Aberdeen, Scotland|
|2nd||Hero Indian Open|
|Winner||Omega European Masters|
|6th||Johnnie Walker Championship|
|4th||UBS Hong Kong Open|
|3rd||WGC HSBC Champs|
|Winner||South African Open|
|13th||BMW Italian Open|
|10th||Celtic Manor Wales Open|
|4th||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship|
|Winner||Vodafone Challenge, Germany (Challenge Tour)|
|Winner||AGF-Allianz open de Toulouse, France (Challenge Tour)|
|US Masters||Played as an Amateur alongside Tiger Woods|
|Open Championships||Played as an Amateur alongside Phil Mickelson|
|US Open||Played as an Amateur alongside Padraig Harrington|
|No.1||World Ranked Amateur, for 17 consecutive weeks|
|Winner||US Amateur Championships|
|4th||Scottish Challenge (Challenge Tour)|
|Winner||Kirkwood Trophy for ‘Scottish Golfer of the Year’|
|2007 & 2005||Walker Cup|
|2007 & 2005||Scotland Team|
|2006||GB & Ireland Team: St. Andrews Trophy|
|2006||European Team: Palmer Cup|
|2006||European Team: Sir Michael Bollanack Trophy|