Scott Jamieson birdied the second play-off hole at Prince’s Golf Club to win the PartyPoker.com European Championship on the PGA EuroPro Tour.
The Scotsman (pictured) battled fellow countryman and overnight leader Elliot Saltman (Aegon) twice down the 18th after Saltman bogeyed the last hole to drop to nine under. Both players parred the hole first time around, but Jamieson knocked his approach to within six foot the second time and knocked in his putt for a birdie and the £10,000 first prize.
“Once you are in the play-off it turns into Matchplay and I’ve always enjoyed that,” said the 25 year-old. “There were definitely nerves on those play-off holes but it would be wrong not to be nervous really.”
Jamieson was seven under par overnight, two shots behind Saltman and co-leader Chris Hanson, but he immediately put pressure on with three birdies on the front nine to move to ten under.
“I knew how bunched up it was and that I would be in contention after my front nine, but I didn’t really think too much about it as the leaders were a few pairings behind me,” said the 25 year-old.
A double bogey on the tenth checked his progress, but that was cancelled out with birdies at the 12th and 15th. Jamieson appeared to hand the initiative to Saltman when he three-putted at 16 for bogey to finish at nine under and faced a nervous wait in the clubhouse to see how Saltman faired.
Saltman was steady throughout his final assault, going out at one under before a bogey at the 11th dropped him back to nine under. He appeared to be heading for victory with a birdie at the 15th, but a bogey at the last meant he was to play-off for the title, and ultimately had to settle for the runners-up cheque, like he did in 2008 at Faithlegg.
“It’s a really pleasing win and it helps me move up the Order of Merit for one of the five Challenge Tour cards,” said Jamieson, a 35/1 shot with Sky Bet before the tournament. “I’ve been working very hard and it’s as much a victory for my family and my sponsor’s, the Haughey family and City Refrigeration.” Jamieson moves up to third in the money list with his win.
Roy Mugglestone (Lindrick) made a real charge with three birdies on the front nine to move to seven under before back to back birdies at 15 and 16 gave him a real chance of posting a formidable target for Saltman and co. But he was unable to pick up another shot in his remaining holes, bogeying the last to finish eight under. Mugglestone shared third spot with Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool), who moved to eight under with four holes thanks to birdies at 13 and 14 but couldn’t find another birdie in the closing stages.
Following rounds of 69 and 67, Ross Whitelock (Staddon Heights) would have hoped to put pressure on the leaders but four bogeys in his first eleven holes scuppered any realistic chances of victory, although he recovered with birdies at 12 and the last to take fifth spot.
Hanson (Crosland Heath) suffered another final round disappointment to finish in a five-way tie for sixth. Hanson – who was five shots clear in the opening event at Collingtree Park only to finish eighth – was unable to make any headway, remaining level through to the 13th before dropping shots there and on his final two holes to finish on six under. James Busby (The Shropshire), Duncan Stewart and Phil Worthington (Donnington Grove) were all seven under ahead of the final round but all posted one over rounds of 73 to finish alongside Hanson and Kevin Harper (East Devon), who carded a 71.
The PGA EuroPro Tour moves to Devon next week where the fourth event will take place at Bovey Castle from Tuesday 16 June.
Date Posted: 11/06/09