Scottish Open ace Scott Jamieson's Open diary blog


It's going to be a memorable Open Championship for Scott Jamieson who grabbed the final qualifying place at last week's Scottish Open.  And, starting here today, the promising young Scot gives you a blow-by-blow account of his Royal St George's exploits...


I'm still on cloud nine after qualifying for my first Open after finishing third at the Barclays Scottish Open last weekend.

I'm still in a bit of a daze but now can't wait for the real action to start tomorrow when I make my Open bow at 11.53.

After qualifying at Castle Stuart I caught a Monday lunchtime flight to Gatwick, picked up a hire car and went straight to my digs because I had to meet the landlady there.

It's a nice apartment in Deal, arranged obviously at the last-minute by my manager Shaun Webster from Champions UK.

I plumped for the 'cheaper' digs option - it was either three or four grand a week and I went with the former!

I'm staying with my fiance and my coach also stayed last night while my dad is coming down today.

I had my first look at the course yesterday morning, playing alongside Richard McEvoy and Peter Whiteford. It was tough out there - very windy - but it was good preparation and enabled me to get a good feel for the course.

I didn't keep score but I was hitting it nicely off the tee which is going to be so important this week. Getting the ball into position is going to be key though I also discovered some tricky spots around one or two greens.

Today the plan is just to hit a few shots to warm-up and do a pace putting session before going out to play a few holes, may be just nine this time.

Afterwards it's just a case of trying to relax a bit before the off tomorrow. I'm very excited to be here but now I just want to get going and try and play golf and be competitive.

I did well last week and there's no reason why this week shouldn't be any different, specially as I've a pretty good record at St George's - I reached the quarter-finals in the 2005 British Amateur here and won the following year's Home Internationals with Scotland.

It's just another golf tournament, albeit played out in a completely different environment. I'll keep you posted on how my opening round panned out....