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Jamie Donaldson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/19/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 174
College: England

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The European Ryder Cup team has its first nine members for the biennial competition on Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Automatic qualifying ended this weekend for the defending champions. The first four were plucked of the European Points List comprised of earnings. In order, they are: Rory McIlroy (third appearance); Henrik Stenson (third); Victor Dubuisson (rookie); Jamie Donaldson (rookie). The next five not already eligible were chosen in order off the World Points List comprised of Official World Golf Ranking points: Sergio Garcia (seventh appearance); Justin Rose (third); Martin Kaymer (third); Thomas Björn (third); Graeme McDowell (fourth). European captain Paul McGinley will announce his three captain's selections on Tuesday. Later in the day, American captain Tom Watson will round out the U.S. squad will three picks of his own. Sep 2 - 2:47 AM

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With a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his final round of the D+D REAL Czech Masters, Jamie Donaldson recorded a two-stroke victory over 54-hole leader Bradley Dredge.

The Welshmen battled all week. Donaldson held the outright lead after each of the first two rounds before slipping two back (with Denmark's Søren Kjeldsen) entering today's finale. They played together today at Albatross Golf Resort in Prague where Donaldson set the early tone, closing the gap with birdies on his first two pars. With another at the par-3 third and Dredge opening par-par-bogey, Donaldson was suddenly up by two. Dredge has nothing all day and settled for an even-par 37-35=72. "This is big – it’s been an amazing week," said the 38-year-old champ headed to his first Ryder Cup. "I didn’t get here until late; I needed to play well either this week or next week, or both, to guarantee my place in the Ryder Cup Team so there was a lot on the line and this week I played really well, so that’s great."
Aug 24 - 12:11 PM

Jamie Donaldson rolled the rock to a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the PGA Championship and set a new bar in the clubhouse at 8-under 205.

Donaldson was on fire with the flat stick, rolling in five of his seven birdies from outside of 14 feet, with two of them falling from over 35 feet. When that is coupled with landing 15 GIR, a formula for success at Valhalla Golf Course was established. He is playing with Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR this season, meaning he is only eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks with a win. That is now a real possibility, as the leaders on the course aren't running away with the tournament.
Aug 9 - 5:11 PM

Jamie Donaldson carded a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Welshman found only five (of 14) fairways but hit 12 greens in regulation at Firestone today. All three of his birdies came on his inward side, the longest stretching just 10'10" at the par-4 third hole. Donaldson posted top 10s in the previous two stroke-play WGC this season, so he's not afraid of going toe-to-toe with the big boys on the world stage. He signed today's card sitting three strokes adrift of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Jul 31 - 2:32 PM

Jamie Donaldson returns to The Open Championship for his second look at Royal Liverpool.

Donaldson missed the cut at Royal Liverpool in 2006, but is 2-for-2 at The Open since. He enters the week ranked 31st in the Official World Golf Rankings, in large part due to 11 top 10s since the beginning of 2013. Donaldson has finished 32nd place or better in four of his last seven major championship starts. Another strong finish this week would only be a surprise to the casual golf fan.
Jul 16 - 10:43 AM

Jamie Donaldson has risen to 29th in the Official World Golf Rankings and makes his second U.S. Open start this week.

Donaldson tied for 32nd in his U.S. Open debut at Merion last year. He gained Special Temporary Membership in the PGA TOUR this season due in large part to his T2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Since then, he's made three of four cuts in the United States, including a T14 at the Masters to go with a T30 at the BMW PGA Championship over in England. It wouldn't come as a surprise if he figured out a way to contend in his first look at Pinehurst No. 2.
Jun 11 - 9:53 AM

Jamie Donaldson makes his TPC Sawgrass debut at this week's THE PLAYERS.

Donaldson is playing with Special Temporary Membership, allowing him unrestricted sponsor invitations. Considering this will be his seventh consecutive start on U.S. soil, it's now easy to see that his strategy is to take advantage of that to the fullest. It's important to note that first-timers at TPC Sawgrass tend to struggle, so just making the cut will be a decent return this week.
May 7 - 7:52 AM

Jamie Donaldson signed for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Masters to join Stewart Cink in the early clubhouse lead at 1-over 289.

Donaldson circled five birdies to just three bogeys in his final lap around Augusta National Golf Club. His showing this week was a substantial improvement over his missed cut as a Masters rookie last season. Should he earn an invite back in 2015, his growing experience and momentum should make him worthy of consideration in deeper formats.
Apr 13 - 4:26 PM

Jamie Donaldson carded a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in his second round of the Masters to reach the halfway point in 1-under 143, six strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Donaldson served notice with a trio of brilliant approaches at Nos. 8, 9 and 16, all leading to kick-in birdies. He totaled four on the day to offset two bogeys on the way in. It's a wonderful second effort after missing the cut in his debut last year. While 38 years of age, the Welshman is playing like a man in his prime. He's already accepted Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR and is on the fast track to qualify for the European Ryder Cup team.
Apr 11 - 7:04 PM

Jamie Donaldson answered his opening 67 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the second round to post 6-under 138 at the halfway point, one stroke off the pace of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

Donaldson hit 14 greens and buried three birdies, the longest 12'10" at the par-4 ninth hole, his last of the round. He also squared two bogeys, both as a result of failing to get up and down at the par-4 15th and first holes.
Mar 21 - 2:24 PM

Jamie Donaldson turned in a 5-under-par 35-32=67 for his opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

He's on some kind of roll right now. Donaldson took last week off following a career-best T2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He wasn't inactive, however, as he signed up for Special Temporary Membership in the interim. He proved again today why he belongs, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and hitting 15 greens in regulation in his first competitive loop at Bay Hill. The Welsman squared bogeys at 2 and 5 but stuffed birdies in between including a gem from 27'11" at the par-4 third. Donaldson then played out the string in bogey-free 5-under with five birdies, all from inside seven feet. He sits five strokes off the overnight lead.
Mar 20 - 6:50 PM

Jamie Donaldson has accepted Special Temporary Membership [STM] on the PGA TOUR.

The Welshman qualified with a T2 at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and joins fellow European Victor Dubuisson at those with STM this season. Donaldson is now allowed unlimited sponsor exemptions, unlimited starts and a spot in the Beyond 150 Reshuffle (with Past Champions and Veteran Members).
Mar 12 - 1:55 PM

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.
Mar 10 - 2:12 AM

Jamie Donaldson spun a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship to join Bubba Watson in the clubhouse lead at 3-under 285.

The Welshman circled four birdies and squared two bogeys on his final navigation of Trump National Doral. After alternating a birdie for a bogey on the outward nine, he was bogey-free 3-under standing on the 18th tee. After finding the fairway on the difficult par 4, he splashed his second shot into a greenside bunker. Faced with a tough shot, his third released to 13 feet. He was unable to save the par. Trailing Patrick Reed by two at the time of his posting, Donaldson needs some help if he is to earn a spot in a playoff.
Mar 9 - 6:39 PM

Jamie Donaldson crafted a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and his 1-under 215 is only one off the clubhouse lead.

Donaldson's four birdies outpaced his three bogeys at Trump National Doral. His highlight came at the difficult par-3 fourth hole, snaking in a 45'9" putt for an unlikely birdie the hardest hole on the course. A member of the European Tour, he would have the option to immediately join the PGA TOUR with a victory on Sunday.
Mar 8 - 5:23 PM