'Huge pressure' – Ramsay retains card with final putt


Ramsay lifted himself to safety and a 2019 European Tour card in the final five holes of the Valderrama Masters

Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay says it is a “huge weight off my shoulders” after retaining his European Tour card for next season.

The Aberdonian was tied 11th on two under at the Valderrama Masters in Spain, moving him up nine places into Europe’s top 116, and to safety.

Ramsay needed to sink a three-foot putt on the final hole to clinch his card as he finished with a three-under-par 68.

“Huge pressure, maybe the most I’ve ever felt on a golf course,” he said.

“When your job is on the line with five holes left you’ve got to come to the party and luckily I managed to do that.

“To play well under big pressure is the most rewarding win for me, whether it’s for your card or for a trophy, when you can do that, under that pressure, proves everything you do during the whole year is worth it.”

Ramsay, 35, who has three career titles on the European Tour, was ranked 124th before the event, which was reduced to 54 holes