The Open 2011: Scott Jamieson delighted to qualify

The 140th Open Championship

Venue:
Royal St George's, Sandwich, Kent
Dates:
14-17 July
Coverage:
Live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, online (UK only) and Radio 5 live; text commentary on BBC Sport website (#bbcgolf) and mobiles; watch again on iPlayer
Scott Jamieson
Jamieson's qualification brings the tally of Scots at Sandwich to six.

Scotland's Scott Jamieson is preparing to compete in his first major after securing the last place at the Open at Royal St George's.

The 27-year-old's birdies on 17 and 18 at the Scottish Open secured the final spot in the tournament - as well as £114,600 prize money.

"I set out to win the tournament obviously, and it is disappointing not to," he said.

"But that's certainly great news to hear once you're done."

Jamieson, from Cathkin Braes, finished 14 under par - five shots behind winner Luke Donald.

But his place in the top five in Inverness means he joins five other Scots - Sandy Lyle, Paul Lawrie, Martin Laird, Stephen Gallacher and Peter Whiteford - in the field at Sandwich.

"It has not registered yet - I can't believe I'm in the Open," he said.

"It was so bunched going into the final round that I knew that somebody was going to shoot a low score.

"I thought that if I could shoot seven under I probably had a chance of winning.

"But when you've got the world number one breathing down your neck it is going to take something special."

The Glaswegian has previous experience of Royal St George's, having played there five years ago.

"I played the British Amateur there in 2006 and got to the quarter-finals," the world number 158 explained.

"And we won the home internationals there in the same year.

"I love that golf course - I've had some good success on it so hopefully the trend continues."

Despite weather problems at Castle Stuart, which reduced the Scottish Open to a three-round tournament, Jamieson believes his home event is good preparation for the Open Championship.

"It's so different to what we play in week in week out on the tour, so it is definitely good preparation.

"I imagine Royal St George's will be a lot more fiery than this, but this was more fiery than what we're used to so it's ideal preparation," he said.

Jamieson also revealed an extra reason for celebration in his camp when the news came through.

"My fiancee was told she could have an extra week off work if I made it, so she's delighted."

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