Scott Jamieson was the last man standing in a playoff at Royal Durban Golf Club in South Africa for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship, securing the first victory of the 2013-14 season and his first on the European Tour.
What was scheduled as a typical 72-hole event evolved into a 36-hole survival. Heavy rain and storms banged the first two days before organizers cut the event in half. Because of the moisture, the par-70 track was converted into a par 34-31=65. After Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva reached the clubhouse in 7-under 123, Jamieson crafted a bogey-free, 8-under 31-26=57 to join them. The trio returned to the 18th hole for the playoff. Jamieson earned the title with consecutive pars, eliminating de la Riva (bogey) on the first trip, and then Webster the second time around. "To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement," said Jamieson, who poured in eight birdies today, including five on his outward nine, "but it's a little more special when it's for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. 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."