Scott Jamieson hoping his Dubai bid isn't buried in 'Caddie Graveyard'
Scott Jamieson is hoping to avoid seeing his last-ditch bid to sign off the season in Dubai next week being buried in the ‘Caddie Graveyard’.
The 37-year-old Glaswegian sits 66th in the Race to Dubai heading into the 110th South African Open, which starts on Thursday at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City.
He needs to climb into the top 60 on Sunday night to secure a spot in next week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship and is hoping for a repeat of a past effort at this venue.
Making his debut in the Nedbank Challenge in 2017, Jamieson finished second behind home player Branden Grace, losing out by a solitary shot in a thrilling title battle.
“I had watched it a bit on TV before that and it’s just a tough golf course,” said the Florida-based player of the iconic venue.
“The wind here is tricky, which is why they call it the ‘Caddie Graveyard’. It’s set in a bowl and there’s a few different valleys where the wind comes in and out of.”
Jamieson, who recorded his sole European Tour triumph in the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban in 2012, is feeling good about his game heading into the third and final leg of a three-event South Afrian Swing.
He tied for 20th in the Joburg Open before being in the mix from the start in last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek, where he eventually tied for sixth.
“It’s been fun,” said Jamieson of the two events so far. “I’ve had a solid couple of weeks and hopefully that form continues into this week.”
On being in with a chance of joining close friend Marc Warren and Bob MacIntyre in next week’s field, he added: “That obviously adds a bit of noise to my process or whatever. If I do my job well enough, I can get on a plane to Dubai.”
Connor Syme, who sits 68th in the Race to Dubai standings, is also in the Sun City line up, as are Calum Hill, David Drysdale, David Law and Ryan Lumsden.
Christiaan Bezuidenhout, last week’s winner, spearheads the home challenge along with Dylan Frittelli and George Coetzee.