Richie Ramsay: fired five birdies on the front nine to give himself a comfortable cushion
Richie Ramsay fired a final round of 66 to cruise to a four-shot victory at the Omega European Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre.The Scotsman had climbed to the top of the leaderboard in the Swiss Alps with a superb 64 on Saturday and showed no signs of surrendering his lead.Final leaderboard(GB & Ire unless stated)
-16 R Ramsay
-12 F Andersson Hed (Swe)
-12 M Fraser (Aus)
-12 R Wattel (Fra)
-12 D WillettClick here for collated scores
The 29-year-old from Aberdeen began the day one clear but picked up five birdies on his front nine to reach the turn in just 31 shots, moving him to 16 under par for the tournament.
Although he slowed down on the way home, two bogeys wiping out an excellent eagle at the par-five 14th, he still finished comfortably clear of a group of four players to claim the biggest win of his career so far.
"I played really well," Ramsay, whose previous title came at the South African Open Championship in 2010, told europeantour.com.
"It was nice to gradually gain some momentum through the week and find some form as the week went on.
"As the week went on, I got better and better and I couldn't be happier."
Ramsay, who had never previously led a tour event after 54 holes, is set to move up to number 70 in the world rankings, while he is now up to £605,000 in the race to Dubai.
Australia's Marcus Fraser, Romain Wattel of France, Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden, who shot 66s, and Englishman Danny Willett (69) were all tied on 12 under.
Paul Lawrie, seeking back-to-back victories following his triumph at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles last week, was a further shot back, alongside Chile's Felipe Aguilar and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria.
Englishman Lee Slattery produced the round of the day to finish tied for 14th, his seven under-par 64 featuring eagles at the first and seventh.
Meanwhile, Swede Mathias Gronberg hit a hole-in-one at the third, his seven iron off the tee finding the cup from 191 yards out.