Jamieson clinches playoff win at Mandela Championship

Sun Dec 9, 2012 1:22pm EST
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By Michael Todt

DURBAN (Reuters) - Scotland's Scott Jamieson clinched his first European Tour International Schedule victory as he beat Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva in a playoff to win the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship on Sunday.

The tournament had been restructured into a 36-hole event after a waterlogged course prevented play over the first two days, and the course had been shortened to a par-65 for the first event of the 2013 European Tour.

The Scot began with a one-over par round of 66 and found himself in a share of 68th place at the halfway point.

But a sensational round of 57 on Sunday morning including an outward nine of 26 lifted him level with Webster and de la Riva on a seven-under score of 123. The trio were then forced to wait more than five hours to find out if their efforts would be good enough for a place in a playoff.

But as the wind picked up in Durban, the afternoon field were unable to match the leaders' score, and they began a sudden-death playoff at the 18th hole.

"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. But eight-under par was a great score today and it was obviously enough to get me into the playoff," Jamieson told a news conference.

The first man eliminated was De la Riva, who was unable to get down in two after finding the bunker on the first playoff hole.

"It's a big pity for me. I played very well in the tournament, and in the sudden death I hit a good second shot. But it went in the sand, and a very bad bunker shot cost me," de la Riva told Reuters.   Continued...

Scott Jamieson of Britain watches his shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai February 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah