EAST Mains golfer Scott Jamiesonrecorded his best finish since February after he tied for eighth place at Lyoness Open in Austria over the weekend.
The 28-year-old was in fine form as he finished seven shots behind eventual winner, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, on 12 under par.
An opening one under par round of 71, was followed by an impressive 67 on Friday before shooting scores of 70 and 68 over the final two days.
The score saw the Scotsman tie for eighth with Englishman Richard Bland.
And the result was a pleasant change for the Cathkin Braes Golf Club man as he finished inside the top 10 for only the second time this year.
But with a four week break due tothe Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championships – events he has not qualified for – Jamieson admits it isnot an ideal time for him to be out of action.
He told the News: “I played well, although I still made one or two mistakes, but it is nice to be back in contention at tournaments again.
“The only thing is there is nothing over the next few weeks for me.
“In a way it is bad timing, but I’m not too bothered by it because I’ve actually been playing quite well it’s just thatone or two bad shots have kept costing me.
“But I’ve got more control over my game and I can use these next few weeks to keep that going.
“I’ll have a few proper rest daysand then I’ll start focusing on mypreparation for the Johnnie Walker Championships at the end of the month.”
This time last year, Jamieson was still buzzing after making his Open Championship and Major debut at RoyalSt George’s and he admits it wastough to be sitting at home a fortnight ago as golf’s elite battled it out for the Claret Jug at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
“Playing the Open last year was a massive moment for me, so it was disappointing not to be part of it again,” said Jamieson.
“Watching it on TV leaves you itching for that experience again, especially with it being played a Lytham.
“Lytham’s a place that doesn’t seem to host the Open very often so it would have been fantastic to play there – but sometimes realising what you are missing is the kick up the backside you need to get back out there and get yourself into a position to play these events again.”