Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Richie Ramsay's sights set on Ryder Cup place

By Martin Dempster
Richie Ramsay is aiming to use the confidence he's gained from making a breakthrough on the European Tour to launch a serious challenge for a place in Colin Montgomerie's Ryder Cup side in Wales next October.
The Aberdonian has leaped to 19th in the European points list after his weekend win in the South African Open and says the fact Montgomerie will be captaining the side at the Celtic Manor Resort will give him an extra incentive over the coming weeks and months.
As an amateur, Ramsay enjoyed the opportunity of playing team golf for Scotland, as well as Great Britain & Ireland, and had his Ryder Cup appetite whetted when he went over to The K Club three years ago with some of his fellow players.
"I went to watch the guys win in Ireland and the atmosphere and everything about the event was just unbelievable," he said. "It (the Ryder Cup] is something had my eye on long, long term. It's not something that is probably in the immediate future but, if I can play just one Ryder Cup, it would be an honour.
"If it was under (the captaincy of) a Scotsman, it would mean more to me and playing for Monty would be a fantastic experience. Playing well when I return to the golf course for the Middle East swing next month is going to be a massive challenge because the fields are very strong but the new-found confidence I have from winning in South Africa can only make things easier on the golf course for me."
Asked what he felt he'd need to do to give Montgomerie a Scottish presence in the team, Ramsay added: "I would say you have to be consistent but, of all teams I've played in (as an amateur] when you look around it is normally full of winners. I'm sure that to play in the pressure of a Ryder Cup and in front of big crowds you have to be used to being in there challenging down the stretch on a Sunday, so winning big tournaments and doing well in the majors is what's required to be in with a shout of being in that team."

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