Richie Ramsay Scores Morocco Title

Richie Ramsay overcame a triple bogey on No. 8 to rally to a one-stroke win at the Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday afternoon, defeating Romain Wattel by one stroke.

The Scottish-born Ramsay, ranked 128th in the world, wound up with a 3-under 69 to finish the tournament 10-under with a 72-66-71-69 – 278.

His front nine was bizarre. He birdied four straight holes between 3 and 6., then gave all four strokes back with a bogey on 7 and the triple on 8. Still at even par through 11, he stroked three straight birdies in a row, followed by four pars to close out the win.

Wattel, ranked 119th in the world, started the day tied with Ramsay for the lead, and found himself up two strokes ahead at the final turn after Ramsay’s triple bogey.

The two were tied again after 13, and while Ramsay birdied 14, Wattel bogeyed it to drop two back. He gained a stroke with a birdie on 17, but couldn’t finish the 18th with another birdie to force a playoff.

The pair finished just ahead of a crowded field including a six-way tie for third at 8-under that included George Coetzee and Pablo Larrazabal, and a spirited finish by Jose Maria Olazabal, who shot a final-round 66 to tie for ninth at 7-under.

Olazabal, who will turn 49 in about a month, is ranked 823rd in the world, and was looking for his first win in 10 seasons. He won The Masters in both 1994 and 1999.

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