With his share of second place at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, Jamie Donaldson secured eligibility for Special Temporary Membership [STM].
Donaldson bogeyed the 72nd hole before eventual champion Patrick Reed did the same two pairings later, albeit by design. The Welshman, who lost by one with co-runner-up Bubba Watson, earned 258 non-member FedExCup points. That raised his season total to 378, which is exactly 100 more than the threshold to qualify for STM. If he elects to accept, just as Victor Dubuisson did prior to the annual stop at Trump National Doral, Donaldson will be granted unlimited sponsor exemptions, unlimited starts and a spot in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle. He's made four starts and will get into all four majors, THE PLAYERS and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, meaning he won't benefit much unless he wants to play more than the restricted 12 times plus THE PLAYERS. He's a member of the European Tour, so he's essentially facing the same decision as the Frenchman. With his non-member FedExCup points or via non-member earnings ($976,347), Donaldson is a virtual lock to qualify for a PGA TOUR card in 2014-15.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 02:12:00 AM