IRISH OPEN: Richie Ramsey loving life after embracing links course

Richie Ramsey
Richie Ramsey

Richie Ramsey embraced the Royal County Down test and it paid off as the Scottish player carded a second round 67 to move into a tie for first place at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation.

“You have two options here, you can kind of moan about it like you don’t want to be here or you embrace it and you think, oh, it’s going to be great challenge out there,” said Ramsey, a winner on tour already this season at the Trophee Hassan in Morocco.

“I hit some really good shots today but the most important thing is when I hit a poor shot, I rebounded well, I got up and down.

“I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t manage to get it up and down on the last but a 67 is a great score out there.”

Ramsey grew up playing golf at Royal Aberdeen and that put that links experience to good use on another day of testing weather conditions.

Beginning his round at the 10th, the Scottish golfer went to the turn in three under 33 with birdies at the 12th, 13th and 17th. Further birdies followed at the first and fourth before he dropped his only shot of the day at the par four ninth.

“Royal Aberdeen is one of the best links courses in the world. The front nine is unbelievable.

“I think there’s some holes out there that resemble it, especially the first when you walk done with the dunes either side,” added the 31-year-old.

“I’ve always tended to do well in Ireland for some reason. I was saying before that there is a lot of support.

“Ireland is full of fantastic golf courses. You put those ingredients in and only good things can come from it. This is a fantastic set-up here,” he added.