Scotland’s Scott Jamieson will not forget Durban in a hurry - but not for all the right reasons now.
The 29-year-old from Glasgow just missed out on earning his second win in the South African city in six weeks when home star Louis Oosthuizen came from five shots back on Sunday to lift the Volvo Golf Champions.
The 2010 Open champion recorded a joint best-of-the-day 66 at Durban Country Club to take the £282,974 first prize by one shot from Jamieson - his sixth European Tour title and one that elevates him to a career-high fourth in the world.
Jamieson, who was looking to add the trophy to his Nelson Mandela Championship win at Royal Durban last month, almost forced a play-off, but his chip for eagle on the 273-yard last stopped two inches from the hole.
Instead he became the first player since Hennie Otto five years ago to lose a Tour event from five clear with a round to go.
Jamieson still held that advantage after picking up shots at the third and fourth today, but double-bogeyed the next after driving into the bushes and did not have another birdie until the 18th.
“It was a great week - a lot of things happened,” said the 30-year-old winner, who on Friday won a £32,000 excavator for his farm when he was part of the winning team in the day’s pro-am format.
He followed that 64 with a 74, but was back to his best with six birdies in the first 11 holes today.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee took third place on 14 under par after closing with a round of 68, while Ireland’s Padraig Harrington shot 68 to climb to fourth in the 33-man winners-only field.
Shane Lowry tied for ninth with a final round 70 that left him seven shots behind winner Oosthuizen.
Darren Clarke shot a final round 69 to finish the tournament on five under par while Michael Hoey was two shots further back.