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Scott Jamieson feared he would need to move house when battling to rescue his DP World Tour card.
The Florida-based Scot admits the “extreme thoughts” were in his mind as he was attempting to preserve his status on the European circuit at the Qatar Masters last weekend.
Starting the week in 119th position in the Race to Dubai rankings, Jamieson knew he needed to deliver under intense pressure at Doha Golf Club to squeeze inside the top 116 and retain his playing privileges.
But the 39-year-old showed no nerves whatsoever as rounds of 65, 72, 66 and 69 led to him to a T3 finish, ensuring he would be keeping his tour card for a 14th consecutive season.
Before leaping up to 82nd in the season-long standings with his timely performance, Jamieson was looking up tour dates for November’s Q School as he prepared for the worst after an underwhelming year.
“It was a very real possibility [losing DP World Tour card] as well as playing on the Challenge Tour for a year. I thought, ‘is that something I want to do?’,” Jamieson said on the Sky Sports Golf Podcast.
“You start thinking, with a year on the Challenge Tour, ‘am I going to be able to afford the house I am living in now? The kids have a lot of friends on the street, it is going to break their heart if we have to move house here.
“These are quite extreme thoughts here but that’s what your brain does – it keeps going and going. You lay in bed at night and those are the kind of thoughts. None of that was real, it hadn’t happened yet. I had to go and produce the goods.”
Jamieson’s range of emotions prove that the final regular season event on the DP World Tour really is one of the most gut-wrenching on the golfing calendar.
There was relief, elation, disappointment and, inevitably, despair on show in Qatar. Alex Levy, a five-time winner on the European circuit, was one of the players left devastated after not doing enough to secure his card.
Asked how he was able to find some of his own best form at such a pivotal stage, Jamieson said: “I don’t think I hit the ball any better or worse last week than in the previous week.
“I probably drove it better. With that you end up with more opportunities to hit it close.”
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