Ramsay Soaring Holing Spectacular 18th Hole 226-Yard Eagle Shot At DP World

…. Jumeirah Estates, Dubai.

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay headed straight for his biggest supporter, daughter Olivia after sensationally holing a 226-yard third shot for an eagle ‘3’ to close out his second round at the DP Tour World Tour Championship.

Ramsay was in the right rough off the final tee and after chipping-out onto the fairway, he pulled out a 6-iron finding the green but not knowing where the ball had landed on the very raised green until hearing the roar from all those gathered about the last hole.

The five-time Tour winner acknowledged the applause, taking his cap off and bowing his head and then after putting out he raised his hand to the still cheering crowd and then walked over to where his wife, Angela and Olivia were standing, picking up his daughter who hugged her proud father, and then with Ramsay raising her high much to the further delight of the crowd.

He then picked out young German girl, Audrey who delighted in receiving the ball Ramsay had used to grab the eagle (See main picture)

Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton continued to be tied at the top, posting 67s to move three clear of the field at 12-under.

Ramsay’s effort handed him a round of 70 to move to five-under, and a share of 10th place in the US$10 season-ended.

Ramsay said: “When I hit it, I was saying to myself pitch where I wanted it to but I couldn’t see it pitch as it’s uphill to the green.

“I could then hear a couple of ‘oh, oh, ohs’ from the crowd but then there was the noise with everyone going bananas (smiling).

“It was just really cool also with my daughter standing there and seeing the ball go in. I got a great hug from her as she was really pleased.”

Very much like Rory McIlroy, who also eagled the 18th, Ramsay’s round was until the last was pretty average, lying at level par, until the last.

He said: “It was a very cool atmosphere out there with the course with the golf course still playing tricky.  I holed a huge putt on eight for back-to-back birdies but nothing after that even though I had a few chances.

“So, to finish the way I did just makes a huge difference. To eagle the last is a huge momentum boost as it just nudges you a bit closer to all the guys ahead.”

Oban lefty Robert MacIntyre (73) is next best of the five Scots at one-under and with David Law (74) and Connor Syme (71).

Double Tour winning Ewen Ferguson tails out the Scots, happy with a level par 72 and remain at four-over as he continues to get to grips with the course.

Ferguson’s final hole par was a great reward after he and his caddy looked very undecided on the final tee, and with the forward tee being used for the second round of the US$10m season-ender.

The pair were clearly unsure what option to take with the water hazard running down the middle of the hole, and is so common in Greg Norman-designed golf courses including the final hole at TPC San Antonio and venue each year for the Valero Texas Open.

The tee shot present players with the option of either driving to the left side of the hazard or to the right. Disappointing for the Scot his drive found the water hazard and then after taking a penalty drop he pulled-off a great third shot, some 244-yards to pin, and with his shot just rolling off the back left edge of the green from his putt, and his 14-yard fourth shot hitting the cup, leaving him a four-footer to save par which he did.

Ferguson said:  “It was a great par on the last though the thing is, I’ve not played the course before this week and they moved the tees around while the wind has changed and for the most part you really don’t know what you’re doing.

“Take the last tee, as we’re standing there not sure what was the best option.  I’ve not played off that tee before and hit a drive I thought a little bit too far left, as I was aiming down the left side of the water.   I was thinking after taking the drop, if I can make a ‘5’ from here and finish level par so that at least I can go into the weekend and get something going.

“So, it was nice to walk off with the par.”

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