Maintaining his strong start to the 2022 DP World Tour campaign, the 38-year-old hit a three-under 69 in the first round of the Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.
It was an impressive way to bounce back after losing the lead, which he had held since a nine-under-par opening course record 63, at the final round of the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship some 60 miles away at Yas Links on Sunday. .
“Yeah, I’m delighted with that,” Jamieson said of an effort that contained four birdies and one bogey on the Majlis course, where he’s now shot an impressive 27 under-par scores in 38 rounds.
“It is much more difficult this year than in previous years. With the new green complexes, they are much firmer at the moment and they are also quite fast, so three under par is a good start.
After a close of 77, Jamieson finished 10th behind Thomas Pieters in Abu Dhabi but, as had been the case for the first 54 holes there, this was another promising day’s work.
“I didn’t do a lot of different things on Sunday last week, just some loose iron shots that ended up in places where it was almost impossible to save par,” the Florida player added.
“Momentum just wasn’t on my side in the final round, but it was really solid today, as was most of last week and may it continue for a long time to come.”
Having won just under £115,000 in the Rolex Series opener of the season and playing for another $8 million prize this week, Jamieson is off to an encouraging and promising start to his 12th consecutive season on the renowned DP World Tour.
“I knew it was going to be important to start work last week,” he said. “Maybe I didn’t practice much during the break, but I wanted to make sure I was mentally ready to go.
“Obviously last week was a great start to the season and I hope that continues. I was good off the tee today, which I think is key here.
“The rough isn’t very deep, but it’s deep enough to keep you from having control when hitting the greens because they’re so much firmer.”
On a day when Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen came in late with a seven-under 65 to hold onto the lead when play was suspended due to darkness, David Law and Grant Forrest were the next best among the Scots with 70-alls.
Law, who tied for 65th in Abu Dhabi, had four birdies, including one to finish. “It was good,” the 30-year-old Aberdonian said of his day at work. “We had it going a little bit and thought we could get around the lead, but I was too aggressive with one putt on 15th and three putts and then bogey on 16th.
“All of a sudden you went from three-under to one-under and you get a little frustrated, but I got a good look at the 17th before I birdied the last one, so it was a positive day.”
Law, who earned his first tour victory at the ISPS Handa Vic Open just under three years ago, feels in a good place both on and off the course.
“I’ve been working pretty hard,” he added. Alan and I [McCloskey, his coach] I’ve done a good job and I’ve also started working with a new kicking coach, Andy Paisley, who is Chris’s brother.
Max and I [Bill, his caddie] We have been working together for three months and I think we are working very well. I am very happy with everything that surrounds me, now I have a good team.
“I am looking forward to the rest of the season. I think I have my game in a place where I am improving.”
Forrest, another Scotsman who has tasted victory on the circuit in recent seasons, having won the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews last year, signed for five birdies, the choice of which came on the eighth par-4 test.
“I didn’t play my best, I’m struggling a bit off the tee, but I managed to pull through,” said the 28-year-old, who has fiancée Christy Farrell rooting for him.
“I did some ups and downs and tried to miss in the right places as you can fall short with how firm the greens are.”
Playing in the same group as eight-time European number one Colin Montgomerie, Forrest missed the cut in Abu Dhabi after posting an 80 on the windblown second circuit.
“I had a bad finish on the first day of last week and then on Friday it was very difficult to get shots back, while also missing three short-range putts that I needed to make,” he added.
“This week’s venue looks like a more enjoyable test for everyone, but there is an advantage to being on the fairways while needing to control your shots with the irons.
“I remember last year on the tee shot I hit it in the right rough and just couldn’t get it to the green. The field is now playing more like it was designed.”
Two-time winner Stephen Gallacher said he had produced some of his best golf for a while only to have his putter let him down by having to settle for a 72.
Open champion Collin Morikawa, who dropped three shots late, and Rory McIlroy were also hoping for more than 68 and 71 respectively.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.