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Jamieson wins Mandela Champs



Scott Jamieson clinched his maiden European Tour victory as he held off the challenge of Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva in a playoff to win the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa at Royal Durban Golf Club on Sunday.

“This is absolutely the best achievement in my golfing career. I’ve made steady progress in the last four years, so to get off to a winning start in my third season on the European Tour is fantastic,” he said.

After a waterlogged course had prevented play for the first two days, the 156-man event had been reduced to 36 weekend holes, and the course had been shortened to a par-65 after parts of the course were unplayable.

The Scot opened his tournament with an unremarkable one-over par round of 66 yesterday afternoon, but gave himself a chance with a sensational eight-under round of 57 this morning, which included an outward nine of 26.

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He, like Webster and de la Riva, finished on a seven-under score of 123 and had to wait for over five hours to discover his fate as the entire afternoon field completed their tournament.

But as the wind picked up in Durban, the afternoon field were unable to eclipse or even match the trio’s score, and they eventually began a sudden-death playoff in fading light at the 18th hole shortly before 6pm with others still on the course.

“First thing this morning I wouldn’t have thought I’d be standing here with a trophy at the end of the day, but I was only six shots back. There were just a lot of people between me and the leaders, which usually makes it tough. But eight-under par was a great score and it was obviously enough to get me into the playoff,” he said.

“I was pretty nervous for the playoff. But that’s why we play, we want to get in that situation and that’s what I kept telling myself. The other guys would have been nervous too, so it’s just a case of who plays the best golf,” Jamieson said.

The Spaniard was the first man eliminated after making bogey at the first time of asking. The remaining duo then returned to the 18th tee, but troubles in the left rough for Webster led to a bogey on the second lap of the playoff, and it meant that Jamieson’s second successive par was good enough to clinch the win and a cheque for €118 875.

“Hopefully this will be a stepping stone to many more victories this year. The goal is to try break into the top-100 in the world rankings and get into the US PGA in August, so that remains the biggest goal.

"There is also the US Open and British Open qualifier as well, so hopefully I can get a few majors in. I just want to keep progressing like I have done over the last couple of years,” he said.

Overnight co-leader Tim Clark was one of those in the afternoon field, and for much of the day looked on course to post a victory, as a string of pars were complemented by birdies at the ninth and tenth holes to help him join the group at seven-under.

However, a disastrous double-bogey at the 17th hole derailed his challenge, and even a birdie at the last wasn’t enough to earn him a place in the playoff.

“The 17th obviously put me out of it. I played well until then and I probably should have had a few-shot lead by that stage and been able to cruise in,” a disappointed Clark said.

“Unfortunately I hit it down the right side. Had I hit it a foot right I probably would have had a free drop onto the fairway, but it had a bit of mud on it and it went left and that was that. So it was a bit unfortunate, but there’s nothing you can do.”

It took a tremendous amount of effort to get the tournament to reach any sort of conclusion after the excessive rain the course has endured in recent months, and the staff and volunteers who made it happen can all take great pride in the work they have done.

As it stands though, Jamieson becomes only the second Scot to win a co-sanctioned event, and he now has the remarkable honour of leading the 2013 Race to Dubai.

He will also enjoy a European Tour exemption until the end of 2014 and an invitation to the 2013 Volvo Golf Champions event in January.

FINAL SCORES (RSA unless specified):

123 - Scott Jamieson (SCO) 66 57 (won on 2nd play-off hole)

123 - Steve Webster (ENG) 63 60, Eduardo de la Riva (ESP) 62 61

124 - Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 62 62, Matthew Nixon (ENG) 63 61, Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 60 64, Tim Clark 60 64

125 - Jaco van Zyl 68 57, Julien Quesne (FRA) 62 63, Sam Little (ENG) 62 63, Colin Nel 62 63, Bjorn Akesson (SWE) 63 62, Matthew Southgate (ENG) 62 63

126 - David Horsey (ENG) 62 64, Robert Coles (ENG) 63 63, Ruan de Smidt 66 60, Estanislao Goya (ARG) 64 62, Carlos Del Moral (ESP) 63 63, Jaco Ahlers 63 63, Justin Walters 65 61

127 - Tyrone Mordt 65 62, Shaun Norris 62 65, Marc Warren (SCO) 63 64, Trevor Fisher Jnr 65 62, Mikael Lundberg(SWE) 63 64, Seve Benson (ENG) 64 63, Allan Versfeld 63 64, Joakim Lagergren (SWE) 68 59, James Kingston 63 64, Christiaan Basson 62 65, Garth Mulroy 65 62

128 - Alexandre Kaleka (FRA) 69 59, Rhys Davies (WAL) 64 64, Desvonde Botes 62 66, Andrew Marshall (ENG) 63 65, Adilson Da Silva (BRA) 64 64, Michiel Bothma 64 64, Moritz Lampert (GER) 65 63

129 - Darren Fichardt 65 64, Peter Lawrie (IRL) 66 63, Chris Paisley (ENG) 66 63, Chris Lloyd (ENG) 61 68, Steve Surry (ENG) 66 63, Richard Bland (ENG) 63 66, Peter Whiteford(SCO) 66 63, Dominic Foos (GER) (AMA) 64 65, Justin Harding 67 62, Branden Grace 66 63, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 63 66, George Coetzee 66 63, Tyrone van Aswegen 64 65, Scott Arnold (AUS) 69 60, Ignacio Garrido (ESP) 65 64

130 - James Morrison (ENG) 65 65, David Hewan 64 66, Simon Wakefield (ENG) 67 63, Matthew Carvell 68 62, Oscar Floren (SWE) 63 67, Martin Wiegele (AUT) 66 64, Doug McGuigan 64 66, Kristoffer Broberg (SWE) 67 63, Espen Kofstad (NOR) 64 66, Warren Abery 65 65, Bryce Easton 65 65, David Howell (ENG) 66 64, Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 65 65, Damien McGrane (IRL) 66 64, Dean Burmester 66 64, Andrew Georgiou 66 64

131 - Richard McEvoy (ENG) 65 66, Brandon Pieters 67 64, Chris Swanepoel 67 64, Louis de Jager 68 63, Gregory Bourdy (FRA) 66 65, Oliver Bekker 66 65, Thomas Aiken 67 64, Neil Cheetham (ENG) 67 64, Matthew Baldwin (ENG) 66 65, Lindani Ndwandwe 61 70, Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 67 64, Andrew Curlewis 65 66, Mark Tullo (CHI) 66 65, Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 64 67, Lyle Rowe 67 64, Tjaart van der Walt 68 63, James Busby (ENG) 66 65, Vaughn Groenewald 67 64, Albert Pistorius 66 65, Anthony Snobeck (FRA) 69 62, Teboho Sefatsa 65 66

132 - Joshua Cunliffe 69 63, Divan van den Heever 68 64, Michael Jonzon (SWE) 64 68, Richard Sterne 68 64, Richard Finch (ENG) 64 68, Andy Sullivan (ENG) 66 66, Matteo Delpodio (ITA) 66 66, Jake Roos 65 67, Mark Williams 64 68, John Parry (ENG) 64 68, Hennie Otto 65 67, Jacques Blaauw 65 67

133 - Gregory Havret (FRA) 68 65, Andreas Harto (DEN) 67 66, Alessandro Tadini (ITA) 63 70, Neil Schietekat 66 67, Magnus A Carlsson (SWE) 65 68, Kevin Stone 67 66, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 64 69, Daniel Brooks (ENG) 67 66, Alejandro Canizares (ESP) 66 67, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (FRA) 69 64, James Kamte 67 66, Oliver Wilson (ENG) 69 64, JB Hansen (DEN) 68 65, Alex Haindl 65 68

134 - Peter Hedblom (SWE) 66 68, Gary Lockerbie (ENG) 70 64, Peter Uihlein (USA) 68 66, Bradford Vaughan 63 71, Keith Horne 69 65, Haydn Porteous (AMA) 68 66, Graeme Storm (ENG) 69 65, Theunis Spangenberg 65 69, David Drysdale (SCO) 67 67

135 - Ulrich van den Berg 68 67, Gary Stal (FRA) 69 66, Alexander Levy (FRA) 71 64, Martin Maritz 67 68, Keenan Davidse 68 67, Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 66 69, Christian Cevaer (FRA) 69 66, Thabo Maseko 69 66, Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR) 65 70, Scott Henry (SCO) 70 65

136 - Attie Schwartzel 68 68, Jean Hugo 67 69, Grant Muller 69 67

137 - JG Claassen 71 66, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 70 67, Titch Moore 69 68

138 - Callum Macaulay (SCO) 70 68, Riekus Nortje 69 69, Merrick Bremner 68 70

139 - Alpheus Kelapile 68 71, Ockie Strydom 69 70, Irvin Mazibuko 71 68, Ben Mannix (ENG) 68 71

140 - Eddie Pepperell (ENG) 66 74, Charl Coetzee 69 71

141 - Ryan Tipping 71 70, Jorge Campillo (ESP) 70 71

142 - Alan Michell 71 71, Jack Kutumane 72 70, Jacques van Tonder 70 72

143 - Reggie Adams 72 71

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