Ramsay Soaring Holing Out For Soudal Open Second Round Eagle

Richie Ramsay was soaring after sending a stunning eagle shot to the bottom of the cup on day two of the Soudal Open at Antwerp in Belgium.

Ramsay capped his second straight round of a three-under 68 in grand style, holing his  125-yard third shot for an eagle ‘3’ at the par-5 17th while Howie birdied four of his closing seven holes in a score of 67 for both to be tied at six-under and just outside the top-10.

Swede Simon Forsstrom continues to lead the field adding a 67 to his opening 64 and remain one clear at 11-under on the host Rinkven International course.

Home favourite Thomas Detry is just two shots back of the lead at nine-under.

Ramsay spoke of his fondness for the Belgium course following his opening 68, and now he’s matched that score as the soon-to-be 40-year-old chases a fifth Tour title.

However, it was looking shaky for the Scot when he bogeyed three of four holes from the 10th before the delight of seeing his eagle shot find the bottom of the cup on 17.

Ramsay said: “I was in between clubs playing my third on 17, and I thought I could ‘step on’ a 52-degree wedge and get it just past the hole.  Then when I hit it, I thought that it had to be close.

“You don’t think it is going to go in but it landed good and then spun back into the bottom of the cup.

“It just made the day that much better, and a nice way to finish.

“What I do need to do it tighten-up the short game a little bit, especially after those three sloppy bogeys.

“The course will firm up over the weekend hopefully and look to get in the mix on the back nine on
Sunday as that’s where the pressure is and it’s where I want to be.

Fellow Scot Craig Howie, and contesting just a fourth main Tour start this new season, is in good form coming off a share of third in last week’s UAE Challenge on the secondary tour.

Fifer Connor Syme signed for a 67 to be just a shot back of Ramsay and Howie while Marc Warren signed a 68 for a 68 to make it into the weekend rounds for a third time in six events this season

Aberdonian David Law bounced back from missing the cut in last fortnight’s Korean Championship posting scores of 72 and 68 for a two-under tally.

Also, at two-under is Bearsden’s Ewen Ferguson adding a second day 69 to his opening 71.

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