Jamieson vows to rise to chal­lenge of land­ing big­gest prize of ca­reer

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - SPORTS - By Matt Howarth

SCOTT JAMIESON will go in search of the big­gest ti­tle of his ca­reer when he takes a one-shot lead into the fi­nal round of the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge hosted by Gary Player to­day.

The Scots­man won the weather-short­ened Nel­son Man­dela Cham­pi­onship in the 2013 Euro­pean Tour sea­son but tak­ing home a cheque for just un­der £940,000 and a first Rolex Se­ries trophy in Sun City would dwarf that achieve­ment and boost his chances of mak­ing Thomas Bjorn’s Ry­der Cup team next year.

A bo­gey-free 67 moved the 33-year-old to eight un­der and a nar­row ad­van­tage over France’s Vic­tor Dubuisson, who signed for a 71 af­ter hold­ing a two-shot overnight lead.

Jamieson was a pic­ture of con­sis­tency as he made birdies on the sec­ond, fourth, ninth, 13th and 14th.

‘It’s ex­cit­ing,’ said. ‘I’m in a good po­si­tion, to­mor­row will be a new chal­lenge. Still an aw­ful long way to go but if I can ob­vi­ously do what I did to­day, I’ll be in with a good shout.

‘It would be the big­gest mo­ment of my ca­reer. I’ve got to see if I can step up to the chal­lenge.’

Two-time ma­jor cham­pi­onship win­ner Mar­tin Kaymer was at five un­der along­side home favourite Bran­den Grace, with an­other South African in Haydn Por­te­ous and Ital­ian Francesco Moli­nari two shots fur­ther back.

English­man Tommy Fleet­wood would take the Race to Dubai ti­tle with a win this af­ter­noon but he is sit­ting six shots off the lead af­ter a third-round 67.

Shane Lowry is still far­ing the best of the trio of Ir­ish in Sun City, with yes­ter­day’s 72 from the Clara man keep­ing him tied 14th, seven shots off the leader.

Padraig Har­ring­ton went a shot lower than Lowry but his 71 could have been a great deal bet­ter only for a dou­ble­bo­gey six on the 17th and the Dubliner fell back to tied 26th.

Paul Dunne carded a 73, his best of the week af­ter rounds of 74 and 76, but it keeps him strug­gling at the back of the star-stud­ded field.

CHASE: Shane Lowry is seven off the pace

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