Exactly one month after his Nelson Mandela Championship victory, Scott Jamieson continued his love affair with DurbanÂs wet summer and shot 68 at Durban Country Club, securing a five-stroke cushion after 72 holes at the Volvo Golf Champions.
ÂGive me the sunshine any day of the week, I prefer that! But perhaps I have more experience coming from Scotland in the rain,Â he said.
The 29-year-old Scotsman ground out his third sub-70 round on Saturday to reach 15-under-par and leave Thongchai Jaidee, Julien Quesne and Louis Oosthuizen in his wake.
ÂGolf is such a funny sport, you can play great or you can have a terrible day. You always have your eye out, comparing yourself to the other players. I managed to beat them both through the week so far, and that was nice,Â said Jamieson.
He defied the 94 World Ranking places between himself and playing partner Louis Oosthuizen, who ranks sixth in the world, and played solid golf from tee to green. While King Louis struggled to a disappointing 74 and a 10-under total, Jamieson added 68 to his tally, which included an immaculate Friday 64.
The Scotsman got off to a slow start on Saturday, which included two bogeys in his first four holes, but returned to contention with an eagle at the eighth. He asserted himself over the back nine, making three birdies from the 11th to the 13th for his first taste of 15-under.
ÂThat eagle at eight is definitely what got me kick started. I hit a great tee shot and then I was in the middle of the fairway and just had myself a good chance at birdie here, and had a great shot to five or six feet and holed it.Â
ÂEven a par save makes a difference, and itÂs something I’ve been able to do all week. When things are not quite going your way, I’m able to hole a putt, and that keeps your momentum,Â he said.