on-form Scott Jamieson is already a third of the way towards his earnings for each of the last two seasons on the European Tour after just two events on the 2013 schedule.
A week after landing his maiden win on the circuit by claiming the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, the 29-year-old completed a profitable trip to South Africa by finishing joint-third behind runaway winner Charl Schwartzel in the Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.
A closing 68, which included an eagle and five birdies, the last of which came at the 72nd hole, saw Jamieson finish on 11-under, 13 shots behind Schwartzel after the home favourite signed off with a 69 in Malelane.
It earned Jamieson a cheque for just under £60,000 and, though he lost top spot in the Race to Dubai to Schwartzel, the Scot is heading home for Christmas with close to £160,000 in the bank for the new season.
Add in the £88,000 he picked up for finishing in a tie for 14th in the 2012 season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and it’s been an excellent spell for the East Kilbride player.
Having started the final round 14 shots off the lead, Jamieson had little or no chance of catching Schwartzel but he catapulted himself up the leaderboard with a burst of three birdies and an eagle in five holes from the ninth.
Schwartzel completed his fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory. The third biggest winning margin in European Tour history was achieved at Leopard Creek a week after last year’s US Masters champion won in Thailand by 11 shots.
Only Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, who won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Asian Open by 15 and 13 respectively, have left the best of the rest trailing so far behind in the circuit’s 40-year history.
Schwartzel, ten clear with a round to play, added a three-under 69 either side of a two-hour thunderstorm delay to take his eighth Tour title with a 24-under-par total. In the Thailand Championship, he was 25-under, and for the past five weeks – they started with finishes of fifth, third and second – he is a staggering 84-under.
David Drysdale (75) tied for 25th on four-under, one ahead of Marc Warren (66). Peter Whiteford (70) finished on par, four better than George Murray (77).