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Richie recovered from dropping four shots in the space of two holes

Richie Ramsay recovered from dropping four shots in the space of two holes to claim a dramatic one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

The Scot had looked on course for a third European Tour title when he birdied four holes in a row from the third to race clear at Golf du Palais Royal, but after a bogey on the seventh duffed two chips at the short eighth en route to a triple bogey six.

A brilliant tee shot to a couple of feet at the 12th started his recovery, and he birdied the 13th and 14th as well for a three under par 69 and ten under total.

That left Romain Wattel needing to pick up two shots over the closing two holes – he had chipped in for par on the 15th to keep his hopes alive - but after birdieing the 17th the Frenchman failed to find the 18th green in two and had to settle for second on nine under after a closing 70.

Speaking of his exploits at the eighth, Ramsay said: “I made six, as simple as that. I just didn’t execute the shot the way I wanted too – hit a poor chip, it came back in the divot, wouldn’t come out, chipped on and two putts – easy six!

“I knew I was still in the mix and I made great putts on nine and ten just to keep the momentum going.

“I stood over the putt on the 12th hole and I just thought my putter feels absolutely great, I could see all the lines.

“I thought ‘just go for it, this is your time’. Pretty much took it by the scruff of the neck the next two holes and the seven iron on the last is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit in terms of visualisation and execution, it was just perfect.”

Ramsay, who won at Leopard Creek in South Africa at the start of the 2010 season and picked up a second title in Switzerland three years ago, had not picked up a single cheque this season before his win, having missed four cuts out of five and withdrawn injured when he made the weekend in Dubai.

And the 31 year old was quick to thank those closest to him after an incredible change in fortunes.


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