Richie Ramsay (Getty Images)
Richie Ramsay opened up a healthy lead on the final day of the Omega European Masters, thereby denting Paul Lawrie’s hopes of claiming back to back titles.
Lawrie has twice emerged victorious this year at events that were won by Thomas Björn 12 months ago - the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy and last week’s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Björn also triumphed in the Swiss Alps in 2011, yet Lawrie’s hopes of emulating the Dane once again suffered a blow as Ramsay, one ahead overnight, moved four clear after four holes.
The Scottish duo found themselves tied at the top when Ramsay’s opening birdie was bettered by an eagle from Lawrie.
However, a significant change occured at the 194 yard third, where Mathias Grönberg had earlier recorded a hole in one.
Ramsay picked up a birdie to move to 13 under, but Lawrie bogeyed the hole for the second day in succession.
Another two shot swing on four, where Ramsay made three to his fellow countryman’s five, left Lawrie with a mountain to climb.
At ten under, he was joined by Grönberg, Jamie Donaldson and Bernd Wiesberger.