Jan 20th, 2022
Jamieson sets early pace in Abu Dhabi
Scot leads by one following a bogey-free nine-under round
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Jamieson's first and only victory came nine years ago at the Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS HANDA, but the Scot has had some strong form at this event in his last three appearances - his worst finish since 2019 is tied 16th.
The 38-year-old registered a new course record at Yas Links - which hosts the event for the first time this week - as he carded a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to move one shot clear of the field, some of whom were yet to finish their opening rounds when play was suspended due to darkness.
"It was just really solid all day, to be honest. It's eight weeks off from tournament golf out here so you're always a little bit on edge at the start of the day, but a birdie at the first kind of settled any edge there was and it was just really solid all day and one tee shot wasn't very good but I got lucky and recovered well," said Jamieson.
Hovland, who made his Ryder Cup debut last year and has already claimed three PGA TOUR titles since turning professional in 2019, signed for 64 to sit in second place outright, while Pieters was another shot further back in on seven-under-par.
"It was nice. I didn't hit the best shots early on but you managed to get away with it and hit made a bunch of putts today, and that obviously helped get over the jet lag," said Hovland.
Defending Champion Tyrrell Hatton and Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter were two of the five players in a share of fourth place before the klaxon was sounded. Round One will restart at 7:45am local time Friday morning.