Published December 09, 2012
| Sports Network
Durban, South Africa – Scott Jamieson parred both playoff holes on Sunday to win the weather-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship.
Jamieson fired an 8-under 57 on the shortened Royal Durban layout to finish at 7-under-par 123. He was joined there by Steve Webster (60) and Eduardo de la Riva (61).
De la Riva bogeyed the first extra hole, then Webster bogeyed the second extra hole. Jamieson made par both times to earn the win.
"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," Jamieson exclaimed. "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."
With the first two days getting washed out, the event was trimmed to 36 holes. Heavy rain pushed the start of the tournament back until Saturday, and with an overly saturated course, officials had to adjust several holes.
Three holes at Royal Durban switched from par-4s to par-3s, while the par-5 14th was also changed to a par-3. With those changes, the par shifted from 70 to 65.
Though Jamieson and Jaco Van Zyl both shot 57, they will not count in the record books with the shortened course and lift, clean and place rules being played.
First-round leaders Tim Clark and Morten Orum Madsen both shot 1-under 64. they shared fourth place at minus-6 with Maximilian Kieffer (62) and Matthew Nixon (61).
Van Zyl was one of six players that tied for eighth at 5-under 125.
Webster was the first player to reach the clubhouse at minus-7. He played the back nine first and carded birdies on the 14th and 17th.
Around the turn, Webster notched back-to-back birdies from the second. He birdied the seventh to reach 7-under, then parred the last two holes.
Jamieson also played the back nine first and posted his first at the par-3 11th. After a par on 12, he ran off three straight birdies from the 13th to jump to minus-3.
The Scotsman also birdied the 17th, then parred his next two holes. Jamieson dropped in a birdie try at the second. After four pars in a row, he birdied two of the last three holes to join Webster at 7-under.
De la Riva, who just got his tour card via Q School, traded a birdie for a bogey from the third. He birdied the sixth, then soared up the leaderboard with three consecutive birdies from the ninth.
That spurt gave him a share of the lead. De la Riva moved one ahead with his second birdie in two days on the 14th. However, he closed with a bogey at 18 to drop back into the playoff.
Clark had a piece of the lead after 16 holes, but faltered to a costly double- bogey on the par-4 17th.
NOTES: Jamieson became the 22nd Scot to win on the European Tour, but just the second to win an event that was co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour ... The European Tour remains in South Africa next week for the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Garth Mulroy won that title the last time it was played in 2011.