Scotland’s golfers produced runner-up finishes on both the European Tour and the Ladies European Tour at the weekend.
Glasgow’s Scott Jamieson finished just a stroke behind Branden Grace in South Africa, after Grace produced a stunning closing 66 to delight the home fans at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.
Meantime, in India, former Scottish Ladies Amateur champion Michele Thomson missed out on her first Ladies European Tour win as France’s Camille Chevalier won the Women’s Indian Open by a stroke.
The seventh Rolex Series event of the season brought an elite field to Gary Player Country Club in Sun City for the Nedbank, with the final group of Jamieson, Grace and Victor Dubuisson producing an enthralling final-day battle.
The trio shared the lead with four holes to play, but a brilliant 40 foot birdie putt on the 16th moved Grace to 11 under par and handed him a one-shot victory over Jamieson, who moved up from 75th to 23rd position on the Race to Dubai to book his place at the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
“Obviously I’m disappointed. I got off to a nice start and things were looking good,” said Jamieson, who banked the biggest cheque of his career. “Then I had a little blip on number eight. Branden got off to a fast start. All three of us were going along nicely there. On 16, perhaps if my chip had gone in, it might have been a different story.
“I’m sure I’ll look back and take great pride. I played with some of the best players in the world this week and proved that I can compete with them. So hopefully I can take something out of it.
“The goal coming here was to try and get into Dubai. I kind of needed really top eight or something to do that. Second’s pretty good.”
In India in the women’s game, Chevalier made five birdies in her last eight holes to shoot a final-round 67 at the DLF Golf & Country Club.
Thomson, 28, broke the course record with a 64 on Saturday to open up a three-shot advantage and led by five after eight holes on Sunday. But a double bogey on 14 saw her shoot a 71.
“Today, I had a great start again and was trying to make the same score, but the putter went cold on the back nine,” said Thomson.“There were a couple of mistakes on the back nine, but I can’t take anything away from Camille; she played awesome and congratulations to her. I will take a lot of positives away and will try and do one better next time.”
Thomson, from Aberdeen, turned professional in 2009, and played in the Curtis Cup. She took a break in 2010 to pursue a career with the police before returning as a full-time professional in 2014.