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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 August 2006, 18:57 GMT 19:57 UK
Ramsay reaches US amateur final
Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay
Ramsay is the first Briton to reach the final since 1936
Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay is guaranteed a spot at the 2007 Masters and US Open after reaching the final of the United States Amateur Championship.

The 23-year-old beat American Webb Simpson one-up on the final green to become the first British golfer to reach the final for 70 years.

"If I play my game and play the shots that are in my bag, there's no reason why I can't win," said Ramsay.

The Aberdeen golfer meets John Kelly in Sunday's 36-hole final in Minnesota.

Ramsay had lost the 16th after being judged to have grounded his club in a hazard.

He said: "I really don't know what happened - I didn't think I did. If it's shown to be different on the television I'll hold my hands up.

"I didn't do anything intentional. But I managed to come through and so there's everything to play for.

"I made a really clutch putt on 17 from about six feet because we both had difficult putts after mine spun back down the hole."

If Ramsay triumphs at the Hazeldine course, he will be the first Britain to lift the trophy since Harold Hilton 95 years ago.

He will also become the second successive European to win the title following on from Italian Edoardo Molinari's victory in 2005.

Ramsay was a member of last year's losing Walker Cup side but was left out of the singles.

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