Ramsay backs Scots for Rome

29 September 2021 18:41:17 GMTPlus10
Scotland has gone three Ryder Cups without representation

Richie Ramsay believes Robert MacIntyre heads a new breed of Scottish golfer who will be key figures in snatching the Ryder Cup back from the all-conquering Americans in two years.

Europe, battered 19-9 by a rampant US team at Whistling Straits over the weekend, are rated a 2.87 shot to reclaim the trophy in Italy in 2023, with the Americans 1.53 to successfully defend.

USA tipped to dominate

Many commentators have warned that the current American team, given its age and calibre of player, could go on to dominate the biennial competition for years to come.

Scotsman Ramsay, a former Walker Cup player and three-time European Tour winner, says there has to be a changing of the guard in the home ranks next time.

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Four of the beaten squad in Wisconsin – Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia – are in their 40s with Westwood and Poulter both hinting they have probably played their last events.

Up-and-coming Scots to thrive

Scotland went unrepresented for a third successive Ryder Cup but Ramsey has no doubt that 25-year-old MacIntyre, who has made the cut in all seven majors he has played with two top-ten finishes, is forging a reputation which won't go unnoticed across the Atlantic, while fellow Scots Grant Forrest and Calum Hill have also clinched Tour wins in the last 12 months.

"Winning on the European Tour is a significant step," Ramsay told the BBC. "I think performing in the biggest tournaments, the majors and the World Golf Championship events, that is where they need to do it.

"Doing well like Bob did in the Masters, when you are playing against them and beating them on their home soil. Suddenly they know who Bob MacIntyre is.

"The next time around it would be no stretch of the imagination to say there will be a saltire on that team."

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