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Ramsay has first win and Edoardo Molinari enters top 50

Three years after becoming the first Scot to win the US Amateur Championship in 108 years, Richie Ramsay now has his first European Tour title. The 25 year old from Aberdeen won the South African Open Championship at Pearl Valley Golf Estates, coming from five behind with a best of the day 65 and then beating Indian Shiv Kapur with a birdie on the first play-off hole. The pair tied on the 13 under par mark of 275 but the former Walker Cup player grabbed the first prize - and a European Tour exemption that runs until the end of 2011 - when he was on the green in two at the 601 yard 18th and two putted.

This being the final qualifying event of 2009 we can now publish the final Official World Ranking of 2009, Week 52 - 31st December, which sees Ramsay at world number 120, a jump of 120 positions.

Another past US Amateur Champion Edoardo Molinari finished in tied 4th place and climbs six spots to join his brother Francesco (world no. 39) in the top 50 at no. 49, earning a return visit to Augusta in April 2010.

December 21, 2009

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