He won three out of four points at the Vivendi Seve Trophy and was arguably GB&I’s standout player. It was an impressive effort from the Scot, especially considering the fact that he was a rookie. It may not have been the Ryder Cup but anyone that saw the contest would have witnessed the pressure a team format brings. Afterall, nobody wants to let down a teammate.
Golf Monthly caught up with Scott Jamieson earlier this year to get his thoughts on his season so far.
GM: How was your first Open Championship experience?
SJ: It was a great experience, bit I was disappointed I didn’t play a lot better, but it’s a different mentality with the golf course being so difficult and birdie chances were few and far between and when you did get one you felt a real urgency that you had to make it count as you never knew when the next one was going to come along.
GM: How do you bounce back from a disappointing result in a Major?
SJ: Initally it’s a bit disappointing. It’s a different environment but you should be able to treat it just the same as any other tournament. Going into Major Championships the test is going to be slightly different to your average tournaments. So that’s what I’ve learnt, that it takes a slightly different mentality, and I can understand why the top guys take a week off before a Major as well to try and get their head around what they’re going to be facing.
GM: How would you sum up your season so far?
SJ: I was fortunate enough to have a good enough start to the season so that since about April I’ve had my Card secured. I’m still constantly setting different goals week after week in terms of earning a certain amount of money or earning a certain position in the order of merit. I think if I was to relax I may well get a bit lazy and maybe not play to my full potential.
GM: Tell us a bit about your amateur career in the States. How did that come about?
SJ: I just decided that’s what I wanted to do and my family wanted me to go to university. I was 17 at the time and finished school so was still far too young to think about playing professional golf. So university then getting paid to play golf full time alongside getting an education was pretty much a no-brainer. You get to play year-round in the sunshine with your t-shirt on which is a bit different to the winter in Glasgow.
GM: Do you feel any extra pressure on your shoulders to be Scotland’s next big superstar after someone like Colin Montgomerie?
SJ: Scotland’s a very small country. They are a big golfing nation. Every week on the European Tour there’s at least a dozen Scots teeing it up. From that point of view there’s enough of us there, we just don’t have a front runner like Montgomerie was. Hopefully there’s someone else, hopefully it’s me.