Scott Jamieson was unable to put his finger on why rainy days in Durban seem to suit him so much, but the Scot will have to consider buying a second home in South Africa’s third largest city if he wins this week’s Volvo Golf Champions.
Jamieson, who won the weather-affected Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa at Royal Durban Golf Club at the end of last year, currently trails leader Louis Oosthuizen by a shot after a sparkling round of 64 on the second day of the elite €2million event.
In conditions more typical of his native Glasgow than South Africa’s sun coast, Jamieson plundered nine birdies and a solitary bogey to move to 11 under par and within sight of a second European Tour title in the space of five weeks.
Having claimed his debut European Tour title at the start of December – a victory which secured his place in the field this week – Jamieson is no longer overawed when mixing with such elevated company.
He said: “I definitely feel much comfortable in this environment now that I’ve won. In terms of the quality of the field, this is certainly deeper than what I managed to win against, but all you can do is play the golf course and see where it takes you.
“Before winning, my goal was always to get into the top 100 in the World Ranking so I could play the US PGA at the end of the year. Before I won, I think I was at 160th or 170th. But going into this week I was 101st, and if I can keep it going here, I should hopefully climb into the top 100.
“I want to play more events like this, where there’s limited fields, no cuts and a guaranteed cheque; they are quite nice! For me, it’s all about the World Ranking now. My schedule might change slightly now based on strength of field, rather than just going on how much money is up for grabs.”
Jamieson has a long way to go to catch Oosthuizen, currently sixth in the World Ranking and likely to climb even higher if he can maintain his advantage at the top of the leaderboard.
But the South African was very complimentary about Jamieson’s game, saying: “He’s playing really well at the moment. You can see from his results that he’s very consistent and hasn’t really got many weaknesses in his game, so he’s going to be a big factor on the weekend. He shot 64 today, and if he keeps that sort of form up he’s going to be tough to beat.”