The key is to shoot low and stay in hunt: Ramsay

Along with the in-form Peter Hanson, Richie Ramsay was announced last month as the one of the marquee European players set to take part in next week’s Indian Open.

Although Ramsay has some catching up to do with the Swede, the Scotsman has earned the big-name draw, thanks to a successful amateur career and an equally promising professional one.

In 2006, the 29-year-old became the first British golfer since 1911 to win the US Amateur, elevating him to the top spot in the first edition of the World Amateur Golf rankings in January 2007.  The win in the US Amateur also earned Ramsay a ticket in three majors in 2007 -- Augusta Masters, US Open and the Open Championship. Having made the cut in all three of those, Ramsay quickly decided to turn pro, playing two seasons on the Challenge Tour before graduating to the main European Tour in 2009.

With two wins in either of the tours, Ramsay has been making a steady climb with the biggest win of his career coming at the Omega Masters this September.

“That definitely is the best moment of my life,” said Ramsay in an e-mail chat. “I shot 16-under for the tournament and played some wonderful golf right through. Although I didn’t have a great year, I just believed in myself, my team and work. It just paid dividends at Crans-sur-Sierre.”

Despite not enjoying great success in India in his limited appearances, Ramsay felt the Indian Open will offer him a great chance to break the duck. “I’m looking ahead for a good warm-up in Bangalore ahead of two massive tournaments in China. I’m really looking at just playing the golf course. The key is too keep shooting low and stay in the hunt which will give me a great chance. I hope to land the spoils. “The key to success in India is the short game and one needs to read the greens very well because they have a lot of grains. I’ve got a very good long game and am working hard on the short game department.”

Hoping to break into the top-50 in world ranking by the end of the year, Ramsay, who is currently placed 58th, also said he intends to migrate to the PGA Tour next season.

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