Friday, August 17, 2018

Jamieson shares European Tour lead after birdie-birdie-birdie finish

Scott Jamieson and Paul Waring will share the lead heading into the weekend at the Nordea Masters after both men produced barnstorming finishes on day two at Hills Golf Club.
Glasgow's  Jamieson closed with three birdies in a 65 to set the target at 11 under late in the day and he was soon joined by Englishman Waring, who birdied four of his last seven holes to card the lowest round of the day with a 63.
South African Thomas Aiken was their nearest challenger at nine under after a 65, two shots clear of Blairgowrie's Bradley Neil, England's Lee Slattery and American Hunter Stewart.
Ryder Cup hopeful Thorbjørn Olesen, fellow Dane Søren Kjeldsen, two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer, Australian pair Adam Bland and Lucas Herbert, and French duo Benjamin Hebert and Clément Sordet are all five shots off the lead.
Both Jamieson and Waring achieved career-best finishes on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex last season but are currently outside of the top 110 and battling to keep their playing privileges.
Aiken is a three-time European Tour winner but the last of those victories came in 2014 and he too is in need of a good week having made seven of 19 cuts this term.
None of the morning starters could get past overnight leader Sordet and while the four-time Challenge Tour winner made a birdie on the 11th to lead by two, that would be his only gain of the day.
An intriguing battle then took place with Aiken, Slattery, Waring and Jamieson all in a four-way tie at ten under before the latter pair broke out of the pack.
Jamieson bogeyed the fourth but hit back with gains on the sixth and seventh, and a 15-foot right-to-lefter on the ninth saw him turn in 34.
A remarkable up-and down from a nasty lie on the 12th edged him closer to the lead and while he dropped a shot on the 14th, he birdied the 16th, got up and down after going a long way left off the tee on the next and then took advantage of the par five last to hit the front.
Waring birdied the second, third and fifth and a long putt on the ninth saw him turn in 32.
He bogeyed the 11th but bounced back on the 12th, made another long putt on the 14th and holed a 15-footer on the 16th to join the lead.
Jamieson then edged ahead before Waring had a chance to leapfrog him after finding the final green in two, but he was made to settle for two putts and a closing birdie.
Aiken birdied the 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th and third to surge through the field but three-putted the ninth for a bogey.
Slattery had led on his own when he tapped in at the 18th to turn in 30 but four bogeys on the front nine saw him slip back
Scot Neil holed a bunker shot on the ninth to add to birdies on the 18th, second and third in a bogey-free 66, while European Tour debutant Stewart carded four birdies and two bogeys in a 68.
Dane Olesen birdied the 12th before a run of four in a row from the 15th catapulted him up the leaderboard. He then sandwiched a birdie on the third with bogeys on the first and eighth on the front nine.
Kaymer endured a roller coaster of a round with seven birdies and three bogeys.
The German turned in 33 and went birdie-bogey on the first and second before some brilliant iron play brought gains on the fourth and fifth. A bogey was to follow but a 12-footer on the ninth handed Kaymer a big finish.
Bland and Hebert signed for rounds of 67, Herbert and Kjeldsen registered a pair of 68s and Sordet carded a 72.
Sébastien Gros and Chris Hanson were in the group at five under after both men recorded holes-in-one to take the tally for the season to 28.
Hanson holed a nine iron from 163 yards on the fifth while Gros aced a seven iron from 197 yards on the sixth as the European Tour saw two holes-in-one on the same day for the third time in 2018.

LEADERBOARD
Par 140 (2x70)
129 S Jamieson (Sco) 64 65, P Waring (Eng) 66 63.
131 T Aitken (SAfr) 66 65
133 H Stewart (USA) 65 68, B Neil (Sco) 67 66, L Slattery (Eng) 64 69.
SELECTED SCORE
134 C Sordet (Fra) 62 72 (T7)

OTHER SCOTS' SCORES
135 M Warren 70 65 (T14)
138 C Syme 69 69 (T34)

MISSED THE CUT (140 and better qualified)
141 R Lumsden (Sco) (am) 70 71.
142 R Ramsay (Sco) 71 71, D Drysdale (Sco) 71 71
146 S Gallacher (Sco) 75 71

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