Scott Jamieson struck the first blow in the 2013 Race To Dubai by winning the rain0shortened, stroke-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa at the Royal Duban Golf Club on Sunday afternoon. Jamieson, from Scotland, finished regulation play in a three way tie at -7 under par with Eduardo De La Riva from Spain, and Steve Webster form England. He shot an -8 under par 57 in the final round. Webster shot 60.
The playoff included two trips back to the eighteenth tee, where Jamieson made par on the second trip after Webster made bogey. De La Riva was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey 5 at the 483 yard par four hole. On the final hole, Webster pulled his drive to the left, and Jamieson fired his drive down the middle again. Jamieson applied more pressure as he hit his second shot to the center of the green, Webster hooked his second shot left of the green and up against the putting green fence. He couldn’t get up and down, giving the championship to Jamieson.
Scott Jamieson is a 29-year old who turned pro in 2006, and is 115th in World Golf Rankings, and is the current leader for the 2013 Race to Dubai season. He has no prior wins on the European tour, so this gives him one win for his career, and one for the European Tour. His best finish in 2012, was a fifth place tie at the ISPS Handa Perth International, back in October. He finished tied for 14th place at the DP World Championship, Dubai last month.
The first two rounds of this tournament were washed out due to heavy rain in the area, with action getting started on Saturday. The course was shortened to a par 65, with many of the holes converted to par 3’s because of course damage and flooding.
Tim Clark lead after the first round by posting a -5 under par, shot a -1 under 64 on Sunday to let the tournament get away.
The 2013 Race To Dubai continues next weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek in Malelane South Africa on Thursday.
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