England’s Steve Webster heads to The Russian Open Golf Championship as the form player after top ten finishes in his last two events have put his season back on track.
The 2005 Telecom Italia Open Champion followed his joint eight place finish at Loch Lomond with a joint seventh place in last week’s Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe, his closing 66 providing a welcome boost of confidence as he makes his way east to Le Meridien Moscow Country Club.
Those two performances lifted Webster from 160th to 76th on The European Tour Order of Merit and now he can build on those performances as he sets his sights on adding to his sole European Tour title to date.
The Russian Open Golf Championship also marks the professional debut of US Amateur Champion Richie Ramsey of Scotland. His victory at Hazeltine last August, the first British win in the US Amateur Championship since Harold Hilton 1911 and first Scottish win for over a century, earned him a place in the Masters Tournament, US Open Championship and The Open Championship. The 24 year old then opted to turn professional last week, joining the International Management Group (IMG) stable.
Ramsay said: “I have had a great amateur experience and am hugely grateful to everyone who has supported me, especially the coaches, staff and players at the Scottish Golf Union.
“Now I want to go out and see what I can achieve as a professional and can’t wait to get started in Russia this week.”
Another exciting young talent, Zane Scotland of England, will again be hoping to steal the headlines following two impressive weeks on The European Tour this season at the Open de France ALSTOM, where he finished joint 12th, and last week’s strong showing at Gut Kaden, where he played in the final group alongside winner Andres Romero on Sunday on his way to finishing just outside the top ten in joint 11th.
The Russian Open Golf Championship is in its second year as a fully fledged European Tour event having been a Challenge Tour event in its first seven years of existence from 1996 to 2002 and a dual ranking event between The European and Challenge Tours from 2003 to 2005. The winner this week will €244,250 and earn a two year exemption to The European Tour.
Last year Spain’s Alejandro Cañizares became the quickest Affiliate Member to win a European Tour event when he claimed the title in only his third start, surpassing the previous record holders Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell.
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