Golf can be full of various contraptions, gizmos and gadgets that are supposed to help you get a little ball down a little hole. Sometimes, though, you just need the basics.

“I was working with my coach Ian Rae on my putting on the carpet of The Renaissance clubhouse the other week when it was raining,” said Ramsay of this lo-tech, off-the-cuff approach. “He said my stroke was the best he’d seen it.”

It certainly bore fruit in the more pleasant climes of Antalya yesterday as Ramsay began his challenge in the Turkish Airlines Open with a battling four-under 68 at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal.

One-over through 11, Ramsay birdied the 12th before making a significant leap up the leaderboard with four birdies in a row to finish from the 15th.

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“I hung in there on some holes and putted well at the end,” he said of a spirited round. Having enjoyed a strong run of results later in the season, Ramsay is playing with plenty of confidence.

“I’m feeling confident about my game at the moment and that means a massive amount,” he said.

“I was watching the Rugby World Cup and the All Blacks may have lost in the semi-finals, but they gave everything in that play-off match.

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"They never give up and I think you’ve got to try to mirror that. You are going to take a lot of hits out here and, when you are standing on the first tee with a bit of confidence, it makes a world of difference.

“Having a good mindset is probably the biggest thing in this game and I think I have learned to be better in the 12 years I’ve been out here on tour.”

Robert MacIntyre, who continues to nurse a wrist niggle, had a topsy-turvy day and a sigh-inducing round on the greens in a one-under 71 caused plenty of frustration.

“I played fine but couldn’t get anything going,” said Scotland’s No.1 on the world stage. That’s the annoying thing. There is a chance on every hole here but I need to take more.”