An emotional Richie Ramsay devoted his Cazoo Classic victory to daughter Olivia after holing an eight-foot putt on Hillside’s 18th gap to win his first event in six years.
The Scot produced a superb end, with three birdies within the final 5 holes, however it was a two-putt from the entrance of the inexperienced which secured a spherical of 69 for a 14-under-par complete and a one-shot victory over Paul Waring which began the tears flowing.
Ramsay had promised his daughter he would win a trophy for her as he had not tasted victory since she was born and had collapsed on the ultimate gap in May’s British Masters at The Belfry, when he held a one-shot lead solely to “duff” his second shot into the water from the center of the 18th fairway and end with a double-bogey six.
“Maybe I haven’t been in a good place the last couple of years, but the biggest thing was that I made a promise to my daughter and I don’t break promises to her,” he informed Sky Sports.
“I said I’d get her a trophy. I haven’t won since my daughter was born and that’s six years. That one is for Olivia. Hopefully she is watching.
“It feels unbelievable, the relief. I kept believing, I knew my game was good.
“I know about what happened at The Belfry, but it is links golf and I feel I always have an advantage when I play links golf and there is nothing better than holing a putt under the gun with the tournament on the line.
“The way I did it, to hole that putt at the last – hours and hours of practice and it comes down to one shot.
“No matter what happens now I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.”
Ramsay, and to a lesser extent Waring, took benefit of extra sloppy golf from in a single day chief Julien Guerrier in Southport.
The Frenchman, who bogeyed his closing gap of spherical three, had prolonged his benefit by two to steer by three on the flip however then had three bogeys in his closing six holes to throw away his likelihood.
Waring, with three birdies in his final eight holes, set the clubhouse lead at 13 below after a spherical of 70 and, though he was surpassed by Ramsay, the Wirral golfer from Birkenhead, 30 miles down the highway, moved up 88 locations to only outdoors the highest 60 within the DP World Tour rankings.