Scott Jamieson from Scotland overcame England’s Steve Webster and Eduardo De La Riva of Spain in a playoff to win the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa.
In a tournament reduced to 36 holes and played over a shortened course at Royal Durban Golf Club, the Scot began the final round six shots off the lead. But the 29-year-old blistered around the modified layout in an eight-under-par 57 to match the clubhouse totals set by Webster and De La Riva.
The three men were left with a long wait to see if any of those still out on the course could beat them. Tim Clark looked like he might manage it, tied at the top with two to play. But the South African double-bogeyed the 17th and ended in a tie for fourth.
After several hours, play was completed with nobody bettering the seven-under-par target set by Jamieson, Webster and De La Riva. So, the trio headed back to the 18th tee to settle the tournament via a sudden-death playoff.
De La Riva was the first to bow out as he bogeyed the first extra hole. Webster and Jamieson both made par and so the Brits went back to the 18th tee.
On the second playoff hole, Webster’s second shot headed left towards the practice putting green while Jamieson safely found the green with his approach. The Englishman was unable to get up-and-down from a difficult position and Jamieson two-putted to secure his first European Tour victory.
“To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement. But it’s a little more special when it’s for someone like Nelson Mandela,” he said. “At the start of the day I probably didn’t think I would be standing here holding the trophy; but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that.”
In addition to the trophy and a cheque for more than €150,000, Jamieson was presented with an original portrait of Nelson Mandela, signed by the artist and by the great man himself.
The Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa
Royal Durban GC, South Africa
Dec 6-9, purse €1,000,000 par 65
1 Scott Jamieson (Sco) 66 57 123 €158,500
T2 Steve Webster (Eng) 63 60 123 €92,100
T2 Eduardo De la Riva (Esp) 62 61 123 €92,100
T4 Max Kieffer (Ger) 62 62 124 €38,825
T4 Matthew Nixon (Eng) 63 61 124 €38,825
T4 Morton Orum Madsen (Den) 60 64 124 €38,825
T4 Tim Clark (RSA) 60 64 124 €38,825
T8 Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 68 57 125 €19,350
T8 Julien Quesne (Fra) 62 63 125 €19,350
T8 Sam Little (Eng) 62 63 125 €19,350
T8 Colin Nel (RSA) 62 63 125 €19,350
T8 Bjorn Akesson (Swe) 63 62 125 €19,350
T8 Matthew Southgate (Eng) 62 63 125 €19,350
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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