Richie Ramsay: New father ready for Tour return at Irish Open

Richie Ramsay
Richie Ramsay has three European Tour wins to his name

Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay is relishing his return to the European Tour at the Irish Open following the birth of his daughter.

Ramsay, 32, was tied for sixth at the China Open earlier this month.

And he will tee off on Thursday lunchtime at the K Club in Straffan, County Kildare.

"Dad's been enjoying some nice sleep and trying to get ready for this week," Ramsay said of his adjustment to fatherhood.

"It was nice to go home for a couple of weeks. The weather cooperated really well. It was beautiful sunshine in Edinburgh."

Ramsay's compatriots David Drysdale, Stephen Gallacher, Scott Jamieson, Russell Knox, Paul Lawrie, Craig Lee, Jamie McLeary and Marc Warren also feature at the K Club.

"The Irish Open is great but the fans are the people who really make it because they consistently turn out in numbers," added Ramsay, who has won three European Tour events.

"Their knowledge about golf and their support is something that makes the tournament very special.

"I was here for the Ryder Cup when [Europe] won the Ryder Cup [in 2006]. I've played a pro-am since then but got used to the course the last couple of days.

"I like it, it's challenging. The wind's going to be a factor. I don't expect the scoring to be overly low. You're going to have to play well tee-to-green and hole a few putts to be up there challenging on Sunday."

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