Never a doubt! Richie Ramsay heading to Congressional anyway

Shane Bacon

You remember the story last week about Richie Ramsay, the young Scottish professional who played two solid rounds of golf in Surrey, England, didn't think it was going to be enough to get him in the U.S. Open field, so he left and drove to the airport to catch a flight to his friend's wedding. And then he got a call that he actually had made a playoff for one of the spots into Congressional, but he was on down the road, closer to gate number one than the first tee.

And you remember Ramsay saying "I feel suicidal" after the whole thing? Well good news for the 27-year-old, because two extra spots were given to the England and Japan qualifying sites and since Ramsay was the No. 1 alternate in Surrey, he is packing his bags for Washington D.C.

It really is a great story if you think about it. This is a man that was beating himself up for leaving the golf course early, rightfully so, since leaving a qualifying site when you're near the number is about as careless as not even showing up to begin with.

But Ramsay will be at his second career U.S. Open, and maybe the good karma will continue and he will make his first ever cut in a major championship.

Let's just hope he doesn't leave early for a flight on Friday when he's near the cut line. I'd hate for his pilot to have to turn around mid-Atlantic because Ramsay made the weekend on the number, much to his surprise.

Update: It turns out, Ramsay isn't in the field after all. USGA spokesman Pete Kowalski came out after news broke that Ramsay was in and clarified that the alternate spots had already been awarded, so it seems Ramsay is still the first alternate into the field at Congressional.