& # 039; Huge pressure & # 039; – Ramsay retains card with last putt

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Ramsay has put himself in safety and a European Tour card from 2019 in the last five holes of the Valderrama Masters

The Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay says it is a "huge weight of my shoulders" after retaining his European Tour Card for following season.

The Aberdonian was tied 11th and 2 below at the Valderrama Masters in Spain, making it nine places higher in the top 116 in Europe and safe.

Ramsay had to put a three-foot putt on the ground last hole to close his card while he was finished with a three-under-par 68.

"Great pressure, perhaps the most that I have ever felt on a golf course, "he said.

"If your job is at stake with five more holes left, you have to come to the party and luckily

" Playing well under great pressure is the most rewarding victory for me, whether it's for your card or for a trophy, if you can do that, under that pressure, everything you do throughout the year proves it's worth it. "

Ramsay, 35, who has three career titles on the European Tour, stood at the 124th position before the event, which was reduced to 54 holes and took five days after being hit by bad weather

"I believe I have another victory in the tank and will end in 2019 after victory number four," he told BBC Scotland. "It really makes a difference in your game, if you're in a good spot of the track is, you are generally good at it. "

While positivity for Ramsay paid off, there was no fairy tale for Glasgow Marc Warren, who required a top-three finish to keep his card. He scored two double bogeys in a final round of 73 to also finish in a tie for the 11th place, ending the season as 132rd overall.

After having reached the last qualifying place for the season 2018, hopes Warren now qualifies you next month through the Tour School in Spain, where he will compete with another 155 players for the remaining 25 available places for 2019.

Joining him will be Fife-based Connor Syme and Bradley Neil of Perthshire, both of which are ready outside the required rankings.

"There is no doubt that it will become more difficult," added Ramsay, who will join the European Tour next season by compatriots Stephen Gallacher, David Drysdale and Scott Jamieson.

"The power and depth of the Tour is as good as ever.

" We play nowadays not only Europe, but in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa – all over the world – so players from all sides fighting for an opportunity to prove itself on the European Tour.

"So I have to remind myself to work hard every day to make a chance."

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