European Tour

Jamieson close to magical 59

2013-10-12 17:52
Scott Jamieson (AFP)

Lisbon - Britain's Scott Jamieson rocketed to the top of the leaderboard midway through the third round of the Portugal Masters on Saturday after becoming the 17th player to shoot a 60 on the European Tour.

Jamieson reeled off 11 birdies and seven pars at the Oceanico Victoria course in Vilamoura to finish with a 14-under tally of 199.

No one has ever returned a 'magical 59' on the tour.

Jamieson has a two-stroke lead over fellow Britons David Lynn and Paul Waring and South African Hennie Otto who have all yet to begin their rounds.

The 29-year-old Scot narrowly failed with his attempt at a record-breaking birdie at the 18th when his chip just missed the cup.

"I thought it was going in but unfortunately it hung on the lip and went past the hole," Jamieson told European Tour Radio.

"But the fact that I gave myself a chance there at the last hole, I couldn't ask for any more."

Jamieson has only one tour victory to his name and that came at the Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa in December.

With conditions perfect for scoring in Portugal, he believes he will be overtaken at the top of the leaderboard by the end of the round.

"I'm sure the leaders will be 17 or 18 under by the end of the day," he said.

Leading third round scores in the Portugal Masters at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Algarve, Portugal, on Saturday (GBR/IRL unless stated, par 71):

197 - Paul Waring 67 63 67
199 - Hennie Otto (RSA) 66 64 69, Jamie Donaldson 65 68 66, Simon Thornton 65 69 65, Scott Jamieson 66 73 60
200 - Christopher Doak 67 64 69, Alvaro Quiros (ESP) 65 67 68, Pablo Larrazabal (ESP) 69 67 64
201 - Justin Walters (RSA) 69 63 69, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 66 65 70
202 - Robert Coles 67 71 64, Stephen Gallacher 70 67 65, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) 68 67 67, Matthew Baldwin 67 66 69, Jose Manuel Lara (ESP) 67 69 66
203 - Francesco Molinari (ITA) 68 72 63, David Lynn 65 65 73
204 - Robert Jan Derksen (NED) 69 68 67, Chris Wood 66 71 67, Ross Fisher 67 66 71, Martin Kaymer (GER) 68 68 68, Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 71 66 67
205 - Soren Kjeldsen (DEN) 69 65 71, Danny Willett 69 67 69, Tom Lewis 70 67 68, Ricardo Gonzalez (ARG) 72 68 65, Anthony Wall 68 68 69, Felipe Aguilar (CHI) 65 70 70, Romain Wattel (FRA) 71 67 67, Alexandre Kaleka (FRA) 72 65 68

Selected:

207 - Garth Mulroy (RSA) 70 69 68, Andrew Dodt (AUS) 72 66 69
208 - Richard Green (AUS) 71 69 68, Paul McGinley 71 66 71
209 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 74 63 72, Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 71 69 69
210 - Thomas Aiken (RSA) 71 69 70, Jaco Van Zyl (RSA) 69 67 74

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