Saturday, March 03, 2018

European Tour's Tshwane Open

Scott Jamieson four off the lead 

with a round to go in South Africa

Sam Horsfield will take inspiration from his Qualifying School victory as he goes in search of a first European Tour title at the Tshwane Open on Sunday at Pretoria Country Club, Waterkloof, South Africa.
The man from Manchester came through all three stages at Q-School to win the Final Stage by a commanding eight shots after firing a closing 63 in Tarragona in November.
He has made just two cuts since then but one of them led to a semi-final appearance at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth and a round of 64 at Pretoria Country Club - his best ever as a professional - means he heads into Sunday just two shots behind home-course leader George Coetzee.
The 21 year old opened with four birdies and after adding further gains on the ninth, 11th and 12th, he was delighted to be right in the mix in a stroke play event for the first time on the European Tour.
"I think everyone just wants to get themselves into contention and I’ve done that so tomorrow’s going to be a fun day," he said.
"I had a good week at Q-School so when I get into contention I can look back on something like that.
"It was important to get off to a good start, the back nine is definitely tougher with fewer birdie opportunities.
"I made a good birdie on 11 and then birdied 12 and then just sort of just hung on coming down the stretch.
"When I was seven under through 12 I actually just tried to stay in my zone. I was playing with Matt Baldwin and I know him pretty well. We played together at Q-School and we just had fun out there."
Mikko Korhonen was also at 12 under after he fought back from a slow start to card a 69.

A runner-up here last season, the Finn bogeyed the fourth and 11th but took advantage of the par five 12th, holed a long putt on the 14th, put his tee-shot on the 16th to tap-in range and made another long putt on the next.
"I’m really happy with my round," he said. "I struggled in the beginning, big-time. I wasn’t really confident, I wasn’t really there, but it started going better on the back nine.
"I just had to regroup, just play my game as I have been doing the last couple of days. I just had to trust that it would come.
"I think I have to be a little aggressive tomorrow. I probably have to shoot somewhere around 67 or 66 range, at least.
"I nearly holed my tee shot on 16. It was a nice seven iron. The wind just turned there and I saw George hitting an eight so I took a seven because I’m a little shorter than him."
Scott Jamieson is in T4 position on 203, only four shots behind leader Coetzee. Jamieson has had rounds of 67, 69 and 67.
Connor Syme is just outside the leading 10 with scores of 70, 68 and 68 for 206 and a T13 position.
Grant Forrest had a "bad day at the office" with a third-round of five-over-par 76 for 216. He is in 71st position among the qualifying field of 73 players.

Par 213 (3x71)
199 George Coetzee (S Africa) 67 64 68
201 Mikko Korhonen (Finland) 68 64 69, Sam Horsfield (England) 68 69 64

203 Scott Jamieson 67 69 67 (T4)
206 Connor Syme 70 68 68 (T13)
216 Grant Forrest 70 70 76 (71st of 73 qualifiers)



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