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Richie Ramsay USGA Amateur Champion 2006 snubbed

Last year when Scotland native Richard Ramsay won the USGA Amateur Championship he was thrilled to find himself invited to play at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational (as well as the MASTERS, Hilton Head and various other events).
When Ramsay arrived at Bay Hill to play (the first of a month of tournaments) he was told he was denied entry because he had not “committed” the week before, as all PROFESSIONALs are required. Apparently Arnold did nothing to prevent the PGA TOUR from excluding his personal invitee, who as an amateur , would not take any of the prize money or FEDEX Points. Doesn’t sound like Arnie but…..
One very interesting player in the Arnie Invitational who also took a spot the week before at the POD’S Championship at Innisbruck (two limited field events that so many PGA TOUR members could not play in), was Mark Rummings. Who is Mark Rummings? He is a “teaching professional” working for the IMG Leadbeater Academy, hails from Oxford, England. This wanker shot 81-71 at Innisbrook and a pair of 75s at Bay Hill. Why would he be invited to take up space? (IMG?)
I did not see his name at Doral, Mark must be back teaching. Doesn’t he know that teachers should not play, his students want to believe he knows what he’s talking about. Maybe he teaches under a different name.

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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