Richie Ramsay says he plans to accentuate the positives of featuring at the business end of the recent Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, writes Michael McEwan.
Playing in his seventh Open, the 34-year-old Aberdonian, pictured right, found himself sitting fifth at the halfway stage and, although he fell away over the weekend to finish in a tie for 22nd, he reckons that the experience will stand him in good stead going forward.
“It was good but not good enough,” he said. “I think maybe when I go away and reflect on it a little bit, I’ll be a little bit happier.
“I learned a lot from the week. You’ve got to walk with a little bit more of a strut and I’ve got to surround myself with as many positive people as possible. It’s a negativity that falls in there. It’s an old Scottish thing. There are a few other things that maybe hold us back as a nation and hold us back in general.”
Birkdale represented three-time European Tour winner Ramsay’s best finish in 12 major championship starts and he has no doubt where he needs to make improvements.
“The chips need to be closer and the putts should be better - it’s as simple as that,” he said. “If you can save yourself two-and-a-half shots per round, that’s ten shots over the course of the week. It’s small margins and that’s where I need to improve.”