Scott Jamieson finished off his 2012 season afortnight ago with animpressive finish in Dubai – but has no time to rest on his laurels with the 2013 campaign beginning this weekend.
The 29-year-old, from East Mains, tied for 14th at theWorld Tour Championships on November 25 but an early start to the new season sees himteeing off in South Africa this weekend.
His showing in Dubai moved him up to 168 in the world rankings and 53 in the European slots, but he is keen to get a good head start with a strong performance in Durban this week.
Jamieson told the News: “There’s no rest for me, it’s straight back into it. There will be a good few players who won’t bother going to South Africa but I didn’t want to go through eight weeks off before Abu Dhabi so, hopefully, this can work in my favour.
“I want to play so I can get some money on the board early for next year and I’ve been playing well these past few months and I wanted to keep that going.
“I jumped up 40 places in the rankings over the last couple of months, so I think it’s a gooddecision to go out to South Africa and get started.
“There’s two events in South Africa then a break for Christmas before the season really gets underway and, hopefully, I‘ll be in a good position ahead of Abu Dhabi.
“I’m not sure why the season is starting early this year, but it seems to be the case every two years, perhaps to suit sponsors.”
Following this weekend’s Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, Jamieson will play the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malelane, almost 500 miles away in the north of the country, between December 13-16.
And he is in buoyant moodafter his performance in Dubai.
He added: “My position in the money list going into Dubai was the same as it was in 2011, so I wanted to have a big week to show an improvement in my game.
“And after finishing 54th in 2011 and this time tying for 14th, it proves that I’ve made progress.
“It’s encouraging and I hope I take that form into this week.”
Fellow East Kilbride golfer Marc Warren will also play in South Africa.
Originally from Stewartfield, the honourary East Kilbride Golf Club member will be looking to find the form that had himleading at one stage in Dubai with Rory McIllroy.