Ramsay On A Promise Daughter Olivia Gets To Put Her Toys In Betfred British Masters Trophy

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay remains quietly confident of ending a seven-year winless drought and, in the process, dedicating Betfred British Masters success to his six-year-old daughter, Olivia.

Ramsay, 38, fought back from a mid-round double-bogey while leading, and though hitting back with a next hole birdie, his third-round level par 72 sees him tied at eight-under and four shots off the lead.

Dane Thorbjorn Olesen muscled his way to a three-shot lead, finishing eagle and birdie in a three-under 69 for an 11-under-par tally on the famed Brabazon course at The Belfry.

Germany’s Hurly Long (73) shares second place with crowd favourite England’s Marcus Armitage (70) on eight-under.

Ramsay is next best sharing fourth place with four others on seven-under.

However, it’s not just the pressure for Ramsay in ending a now 2,786 days drought since he last toasted victory at the 2015 Hassan 11 Trophy in Morocco but bringing home a trophy for six-year-old daughter Olivia, who was born in April 2106, and some 13 months after he last won.

Ramsay said: “I made a promise to Olivia about two years ago, I would bring her home a trophy.  I haven’t got it yet and I don’t break promises to her.

“So, it would be nice to go out there tomorrow and make plenty of birdies, and be in with a shout to win.  The win wouldn’t be for me, it would be for her

“I’d know she’d love it if I won, and if I come home with the trophy she’ll probably put her toys in it (smiling).

“That’s probably the main motivation and that’s making sure I keep my promise to her but then I wouldn’t say also there would be alcohol in the trophy, as well (laughing).

“So, hopefully if I do win I’ll be pouring champagne and unicorns going into it”.

However, Ramsay will have to cut out the mistakes if he’s to get back into the winner’s circle.

He was leading by two shots at 10-under arriving at the par-4 12th hole but finding the water guarding the green, and walking off with a double-bogey.  Ramsay got a shot back with a birdie on 13 but he then bogeyed 15 and 17, and on each occasion missed the fairway.

Fifer Connor Syme capped his round finding the green with his tee-shot at the famed par-4 10th hole, and then holing a 32-footer for an eagle ‘2’ in a second straight score of 68 for a six-under total.

And Bob MacIntyre undid his super final six holes on Friday, when he was five-under, with a double-bogey at 10 in finding the water while he was OB with his drive at the next, in taking a triple-bogey ‘7’ in his round of 76 and drop to one-over, and sharing 51st place.

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