• Portugal Masters

Jamieson falls short of historic 59

ESPN staff
October 12, 2013
Scott Jamieson's putt on the 18th fell agonisingly short © Getty Images

Scott Jamieson flirted with European Tour history at the Portugal Masters but his 15-foot chip on the 18th narrowly missed the hole to deny him carding the first ever round of 59.

His efforts left him tied for second and two shots off leader Paul Waring heading into the final day in Faro.

Jamieson shot an opening 66 but a second-round 73 saw him heading out early on Saturday, and good scoring conditions at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course boosted his score from three-under to 14-under.

His round included 11 birdies but with one more needed for the first ever 59 in Europe, Jamieson's effort on the final green burned the edge of the hole and he sank to his knees.

Six birdies saw Jamieson reach the turn in 29, with one over the next four before two more on the 16th and 17th gave him a shot at history.

After showing no signs of nerves by driving into the centre of the 18th fairway, Jamieson's iron shot pitched just short of the flag before rolling off the back of the green, and in the end he had to settle for 60.

"I said to Richard [his caddie] playing 17 I really want to make a birdie here so we have a chance of it going down the last and I could not have asked to hit a better shot in," Jamieson told Sky Sports. "It pitched just short of the hole... what a chip as well!

"When I birdied the 13th I said to Richard then 'A few more and we could be part of history'.

"I was definitely nervous but thinking about it from the tournament point of view the leaders are going to be a minimum of 16, 17 maybe 18 under going into tomorrow so that kept me going."

Jamieson hit the 18th round of 60 on the European Tour. Last month, American Peter Uihlein missed a putt for 59 on the 18th hole at Kingsbarns during the Alfred Dunhill.

The Scot shares second place with Irishman Simon Thornton, Welshman Jamie Donaldson and South Africa's Hennie Otto.

Nicolas Colsaerts is still in the hunt at 11-under while his 2012 Ryder Cup teammate Francesco Molinari is a further shot back.

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