Ramsay Looking To Hang Ten At Eastern Cape After Being Wiped-Out In Kenya

After being ‘wiped-out’ last week in Kenya, Richie Ramsay says he’s regained his strength in returning to competition at this week’s inaugural co-sanctioning of the SDC Championship at Eastern Cape in South Africa.

The Renaissance club-attached Ramsay suffered a bout of food poisoning following his opening round at last week’s Magical Kenya Open, and with Ramsay among a few Scots including Grant Forrest and Callum Hill struck down with the illness.

Ramsay seemed to be affected the worst, bed-ridden in his Nairobi hotel for a few days and now back to near full strength to join four other Scots teeing-up on the stunning St. Francis Links layout located in south-eastern corner of South Africa, close to Cape St. Francis and the countries famed surfing beaches.

After ‘wiped out’ a week ago and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay back to handin’ ten at this week’s tour stop at stunning Eastern Cape in South Africa. (Photo – DP World Tour/Getty)


Ramsay said: “It was a bit rough for me last week having to withdraw as I just wasn’t feeling great, at all.

“I got here Tuesday and played a few holes, which was the first time since late last Thursday I’d touched a golf club.  I’d spent a couple of days in bed, just getting myself well again.

“I just wanted to take my time trying to get my strength back and more so, get my legs back and to start feeling my swing.

“I had the shakes, the shivers, the aches, the chills and a few other things (smiling), so I’ve also been trying to conserve energy and don’t go quickly doing too much too soon, because I was kind of wiped-out last week”.

And despite the stomach bug, the double winning South African Amateur and South African Open champ has not lost his appetite for African cuisine.

Ramsay said: “The food is fantastic down here with some beautiful meat, some great vegetables and wine is pretty good, as well (smiling)”.

The Jack Nicklaus designed host course, and now a regular Sunshine Tour venue, was opened 2007 to wide applause, winning the ‘Best New Course’ award and with Ramsay, and the reigning Cazoo Championship champ, very much in agreement.

Ramsay said: “It’s a beautiful landscape with the houses built in a traditional manner and the golf course meandering, as it does, through the landscape.

“It reminds me of some golf courses I’ve played in Australia while you have the Cape Town vibes here, as well.

“It’s a gorgeous piece of property.  I’m really impressed.

“So, looking forward to this week though you can see that having played here before, like many of the South Africans, will be advantage knowing lines off the tees and the different wind directions.

“I just love coming down here to South Africa as I’ve brought the family down here a few times, and it’s always somewhere we had enjoyed travelling and especially down in this part of the country.

“Also, being close to the water and I wouldn’t say like home but with water so close it’s very cathartic for the soul”.

Joining Ramsay and Hill is fellow Scots Ewen Ferguson, David Law and Connor Syme.

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