There was a point during a post-round chin-wag with Richie Ramsay here at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship where you felt like you were blethering to Casey Jones.

“I read a lot of motivational books and one of the analogies uses a steam train,” said Ramsay after two-under 70 over the links of Carnoustie. “You have to get the steam going and if I get out there on the course, get a little run going then the momentum will be there and I’ll can do what I want.”

While he’d like to be thundering along like the Cannonball Express at full pelt, the 2018 campaign has been a bit stop-start for Ramsay. With his European Tour card on the line – if you’ll pardon another ropey railway reference – the 35-year-old needs a good couple of weeks to haul himself up into the safety zone of the leading 110 on the money list.

His one-under halfway tally may be eight shots off the pace but the Scot is content enough. As for the perilous position he finds himself on the order of merit? Well, that’s given him food for thought.

“You go up and down in life and when you are at the bottom you find out what the weaknesses are and what you are made of,” added Ramsay who wasn’t too downbeat about a double-bogey on his eighth hole as he came home in three-under.

“You almost have to embrace it and enjoy it and maybe it will make me a better player, rather than keeping my head down and letting myself feel I’m under too much pressure. The funny thing is I don’t think I’ve played badly this year and in some parts I’ve played some of the best golf I ever. It’s fine margins; a putt here and a putt there.

“I just have to go out there, enjoy it and play my best golf. I know I’m capable of it. I’m not a Rory McIlroy or a Jordan Spieth, I just want to get the most out of my game while I have the opportunity to play in these events.

“If you asked me about tournaments I’d want to win, them this would be in my top two. I’ll be trying get myself in the mix for Sunday.”

Stephen Gallacher’s 68 at Carnoustie hoisted the 2004 champion into the fringes of the top-10 on five-under.