Golf: Jamieson agony as 59 slips away on final hole

LISBON (AFP) - Scott Jamieson missed out on the first 59 on the European Tour on Saturday when his chip to the final hole in the Portugal Masters third round just slipped past.

The 29-year-old Scottish player hit 11 birdies in the first 17 holes and needed another on the last to break 60 but a chip from 15 feet grazed the edge of the hole before he had to putt for a par.

Jamieson had shot a round of 57 before winning his first title at the Nelson Mandela Championship in South Africa last December, but that was in a tournament cut to 36 holes on a course reduced to a par 65 because of wet fairways.

"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," he said.

"It pitched just short of the hole." It was the 18th round of 60 in European Tour history and the second this season after Peter Uihlein's 12 under round during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

England's Paul Waring, seeking his first title, leads in Portugal by two shots after carding a 67 for a 16 under par total.

Jamieson, on 14 under, shares second place with Hennie Otto, Simon Thornton and Jamie Donaldson.

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