Monday 21 January 2019

'Steady' Ramsey stays in front as Lowry prowls

Scotland's Richie Ramsay vowed to maintain a relaxed attitude as he looks to win the Omega European Masters for the second time in three years this weekend.

Ramsay (pictured, inset) added a 66 to his opening 62 at Crans-sur-Sierre for a halfway total of 12 under par, one shot ahead of Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson.

American Brooks Koepka, who was considered for a wild card by US captain Tom Watson, is a shot further back after consecutive rounds of 65, alongside England's Graeme Storm who carded a 66.

Both Gareth Maybin and Shane Lowry are on nine under after shooting 67 and 65 respectively. Michael Hoey is two shots further back. Pádraig Harrington (-3), Peter Lawrie (-1) and Darren Clarke (level) all made the cut.

However, Simon Thornton misses the weekend action after rounds of 73 and 72.

"It was a little bit tougher today," Ramsay said. "I thought some of the pins were trickier on the back side and a little bit of rain made the temperature go up and down which makes clubbing difficult.

"But I stayed steady, had a good attitude again and picked up a few shots coming in which was nice, so all in all a good day's work."

Ramsay, who was joint fourth in the Italian Open on Sunday, added: "I have to go with the attitude that I am up there at the top so why not enjoy it? There's nothing to lose.


"If I do that I will have a really good attitude and just go out there, try to enjoy it and pick off a few birdies."

Donaldson said: "I played well again today, especially on the front nine. Overall, I've got to be very happy with the way I played and the position I'm in."

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