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Age / DOB:  (40) / 10/19/1975
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Jamie Donaldson makes his delayed 2016 debut on the European Tour at Omega Dubai Desert Classic after recovering from his gardening accident.
The Welshman is 7-for-11 at Emirates GC, but in all those trips he is yet to crack the top ten. He led after round one in 2006 (after a 64), was T3 after 18 holes in 2003, and more recently was T6 at halfway 12 months ago, but still the big check finish eludes him. The winner of the Asian Tour’s Thailand Golf Championship at end of 2015 he started 2016 by slashing his hand in a chainsaw accident. He returned to action, again on the Asian Tour at the Singapore Open last week, with rounds of 72-77 to miss the cut. This is his seasonal debut in Europe. Feb 3 - 4:56 AM

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Jamie Donaldson will be sidelined from golf activities following a chainsaw encounter that nearly took off his left pinkie finger.

Donaldson alerted his Twitter followers by saying "So folks in my time off decided to have a fight with a chainsaw and lost! Oops!! C u in Dubai." His mention of a return is at Dubai, presumably at Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the beginning of February. Donaldson appears to be positive about his recovery, but it's best to take the wait-and-see approach following his return to tournament golf. We will keep you updated should the timetable for return change in any way.
Jan 18 - 8:34 AM

Jamie Donaldson buried nine birdies en route to a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in his final round of the Thailand Golf Championship and posted 21-under 267, good for a three-stroke victory over Lee Westwood and 54-hole leader Clement Sordet.

Donaldson stated the theme right at the top with a birdie-birdie-birdie beginning on Sunday at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi. He collected two more birdies before closing his outward nine with a bogey-5. The Welshman squared another bogey on the par-4 16th coming home, but it wouldn't matter. Sordet of France managed but a 2-under 70 today with three bogeys putting a dent in five birdies, and Westwood closed with bogey-free 67, but Donaldson finished what he started. He raced out to a three-shot margin with a first-round 63 and maintained a two-stroke lead at the midpoint before Sordet zoomed by with a 63 in the third round. Donaldson carded a 71 on Saturday but leaves town with his first hardware anywhere since the Czech Masters in August of 2014. Included in today's spoils are exemptions into the 2016 Open Championship and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The 40-year-old also positions himself to qualify for the Masters via the final Official World Golf Ranking of 2015.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:51:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson has played in all six editions of the DP World Tour Championship and returns to the Earth course in Dubai this week to contest the European Tour's final event of the season.

Donaldson has made the top 12 in each of the last three years, with a best of T8 in 2013. He also has happy memories of the United Arab Emirates after winning the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship there two years ago. Donaldson's latest form is hit-and-miss with 13-60-11-68 over his last four events. The Welshman is 46th on the Race to Dubai but that represents a serious drop after he made the top five in both 2013 and 2014.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 04:52:00 AM

With a 7-under-par 33-32=65 at Kingsbarns, Jamie Donaldson moved to within a shot of the lead after round two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

The Welshman's lap, which featured eight birdies against a single bogey, lifted him 27 spots on the leaderboard and into a tie for third on 10-under 134. He'll aim to catch and pass joint leaders Jimmy Mullen and Anthony Wall when he heads to St. Andrews to play his third round on Saturday. Donaldson's birdie set included 4s at all the par 5s while his only blemish came on the par-3 8th.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 12:35:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson painted a bogey-free 3-under-par 34-34=68 in his second round at the Porsche European Open and came to rest three shots behind Charl Schwartzel's clubhouse lead.

Donaldson birdied three of the four par 5s on the Beckenbauer course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach and posted pars the rest of the way to reach 7-under 135 at the midpoint having opened with a 67 in round one. He split 9 (of 13) fairways today and hit 16 greens in regulation but struggled to take his chances and needed 32 putts. "I’m pretty happy. I played pretty solid the first two days," said the Welshman, who missed the cut at the KLM Open on his return from a back injury two weeks ago. "Yesterday I played really well and today was pretty good but I couldn’t make many putts. I wasn’t quite hitting my iron shots close enough to the flag though. But overall I’m pretty happy."
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 08:49:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson will hope to get in the mix again when he contests this week's Porsche European Open at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

The Welshman's season has rather stuttered in recent months. Since a T24 in the European Masters in Switzerland in July, he's finished T50 in a limited field at the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, withdrawn from the PGA Championship after an opening 79 and missed the cut at the KLM Open two weeks ago. He did, though, shoot a second-round 67 in the Netherlands so the signs look good for a return to form. Donaldson is 55th in the Race To Dubai so will want to protect his position in the top 60 who qualify for the season finale in November and, encouragingly, he was T5 at the BMW International Open in his last start on German soil.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 08:53:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson signed for a 3-over-par 36-37=73 following his opening round of the KLM Open.

Back inside the ropes since a back injury forced him to walk off Whistling Straits during the second round of the PGA Championship, the Welshman flashed the rust at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in The Netherlands today. He hit 13 greens in regulation but required 33 putts. He corralled only two birdies and squared three bogeys and a double before finishing the day at T133 in the 156-man field and 12 strokes in arrears of the overnight co-leaders. Donaldson entered the week ranked 50th in the Race to Dubai standings.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 08:40:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson is included in the published field of next week's KLM Open on the European Tour.

Donaldson has been sidelined with a sore back since withdrawing during the second round of the PGA Championship on Aug. 15. He couldn't defend his title at last week's Czech Masters as a result. The Welshman has drifted to 49th in the Race to Dubai standings during his time away. He's 3-for-3 at Kennemer Golf & Country Club, but his last appearance was in 2009 (T5). (He finished T21 in the KLM Open in 2012, but was at Hilversumsche GC.)
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 12:38:00 AM

Defending champion Jamie Donaldson has withdrawn from this week's Czech Masters.

The 39-year-old has been bothered by a back injury. It forced him to withdraw during his last start at the PGA Championship. He isn't scheduled to peg it in the near future on the European Tour. That can change at any time, of course, but at 49th in the Race to Dubai standings, the Ryder Cup hero isn't on the radar to threaten last year's finish of fourth in the R2D. If there's a bright side, he'll be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2015-16 for finishing inside the top 125 on the money list and might be returning as a bargain in salary games.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 03:47:00 PM

At 104th in earnings on the PGA TOUR, Jamie Donaldson reserves the right to renew his membership in 2015-16.

The Wyndham Championship marked the conclusion of the regular season. The top 125 in FedExCup points qualify for the Playoffs and are fully exempt next season. The top 125 in earnings are also fully exempt, but they do not earn berths into the Playoffs. Donaldson placed 130th in the FedExCup standings. Irishman Shane Lowry landed 36th on the money list thanks to his victory at Firestone two weeks ago, but the FedExCup points collected in the World Golf Championships didn't contribute to this season's total, so at 175th in points, he ranks worst of the eight who earned 2015-16 status via earnings. The other seven (with ranks in earnings and FedExCup points, respectively): Scott Stallings (110th, 129th); Martin Kaymer (112th, 139th); Will MacKenzie (114th, 126th); Charlie Beljan (119th, 149th); Blayne Barber (122nd, 145th); Whee Kim (123rd, 141st); David Toms (125th; 144th). Lowry, Stallings and Kaymer were already fully exempt next season with victories.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 07:09:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson withdrew from the PGA Championship during his second round with a sore back.

This slipped by us on Friday night, but it didn't matter. The Welshman was 2-over-par through 15 holes in his second round and 9-over through 31 when he called it quits. The PGA of America reported on Twitter that he was suffering from a "recurring back injury," but Donaldson arrived having cashed in five straight starts, two of which yielding top 25s in Europe. In any event, this is his second mid-tournament WD in 44 PGA TOUR starts. The first occurred at Oak Hill in the 2013 PGA Championship. He's slated to return to competition at the Czech Masters on Aug. 27, but the first-time PGA TOUR member is currently 120th in the FedExCup standings, so we just might see him at The Barclays instead. At 99th in earnings, he's assured of retaining status regardless.
Sat, Aug 15, 2015 08:51:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson posted an even-par 33-37=70 in his opening round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

The Welshman topped the early leaderboard at Firestone CC after opening with a pair of birdies following conversions from 16'2" and 9'4" respectively. He gave one back with a bogey at 7 but responded with a birdie-3 at 8 to turn in 2-under. The back nine wasn't so kind as he bogeyed the 14th and made another at the long par-5 16th after finding water with his third shot. Still, that's not a bad way to start for the Ryder Cup star and, with scoring tough, he's only three behind pacesetter Rickie Fowler.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 02:57:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher and Graeme McDowell have gained entry into the PGA Championship thanks to their standing inside the top 100 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

The entire top 100 in the OWGR is almost always exempt into the final major of the year, but all who competed in the most recent Ryder Cup (2014) get first dibs as long as they were inside that bubble at the conclusion of play this past weekend. Donaldson is 37th, Gallacher is 70th and G-Mac is 60th, none of whom had yet to qualify. That leaves only Thomas Bjørn as the only Ryder Cupper who has not checked off one of the criteria. At 109th in the OWGR, the Dane will have to wait and see if the PGA of America will loop him in as a special exemption. Those inside the top 100 who have not yet gained entry would also receive a special exemption, but the governing body that oversees the tournament often extends beyond the expectation.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 03:14:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson experienced contrasting nines in an opening 3-under-par 37-30=67 at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

The Welshman couldn't get up any head of steam early on and when he did break a run of eight straight pars it was via a double bogey-6 at the 18th. He stayed 2-over after a par at No.1 but turned his day around with five birdies in the final eight holes to leap up to 3-under. That's just a shot behind clubhouse leader Danny Willett and puts Donaldson on course again for a fourth top 10 in his last five starts at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 08:57:00 AM