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Jamie Donaldson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 10/19/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 174

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Jamie Donaldson has an impressive record on Spanish soil and gets his season going again with a sixth start in the Open de España at Centro Nacional de Golf this week.
Donaldson has five top 12s in his last nine starts in the country. Most of that is form from way back although he pegged it up in Spain for the first time since 2011 when contesting October's Andalucia Masters at Valderrama and finished fourth. He did play this week's track when it hosted the 2009 Madrid Masters and opened with a 68 but a Friday 73 meant he packed his bags early. He's not managed better than T34 since the year changed to 2018 but the Welshman was T14 after 54 holes in the Indian Open last time. The Ryder Cup star is also third in Strokes Gained: Approach so something good could be around the corner if the putter heats up. Apr 11 - 7:57 AM

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Jamie Donaldson makes a first return to India in six years for this week's Hero Indian Open at DLF G&CC in New Delhi.

When he finished T4 in the end-of-regular-season Andalucia Masters to clinch his full playing rights the Welshman may have hoped for a Graeme Storm-like redemption this year. Alas it has not happened that way (yet at least). Instead there has been a relentlessly yo-yoing performance graph: T23 in Hong Kong, missed cut. T34 in South Africa, missed cut. T45 in Dubai, missed cut. T59 in Qatar ... what next? Another missed cut? The other worry would be the good weeks keep getting worse. But surely that is random. Twice visited India for results of MC and T51 (in 2008 and 2012).
Mar 6 - 7:11 AM

First-round leader Jamie Donaldson tacked on a 3-under-par 33-36=69 to his opening 62 to reach 13-under 131 after the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for a one-shot clubhouse lead over Hao Tong Li. UPDATE:- The second round could not be completed, but Donaldson remained in the lead at the end of Friday's play. His nearest challenger was Alex Bjork (11-under thru 12) with Rory McIlroy on 10-under thru 11.

It was always going to be a tough ask to match his Thursday heroics but a second-sub 70 round at Emirates GC was a decent way to back it up. The Welshman had to endure a near three-hour delay due to fog before getting his second lap underway and it started with a pair of pars and then a first birdie on the third. He rolled in a six-foot putt to pick up another shot at 8 before trading a birdie on the par-5 10th with a bogey at 11. The former Ryder Cup star played par golf from there aside from a final red number of the day at 16. Donaldson had a piece of the 36-hole lead at last year's Nordea Masters before finishing T7. His last win came at the 2014 Czech Masters. "It was good," he said later. "Played nicely. Drove the ball well. Iron play was good. Took my chances when I was close enough to do so. Hit a lot of really good putts that didn't go in, where yesterday they all went in but 69 following a 62 is a solid score."
Jan 26 - 7:05 AM

Jamie Donaldson had a peek at the European Tour's first sub-60 round before handing in a 10-under-par 31-31=62 on day one of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for a one-shot lead over English pair David Horsey and Anthony Wall.

A birdie-2 at No. 7, his fourth in succession and fifth in six holes, took the Welshman to 11-under with two to play. A birdie-birdie finish would have given him the previously unattainable landmark but his greenside chip for another red number at 8 narrowly missed and he swallowed bogey-5 at 9. That dropped shot meant he also missed out on matching Ernie Els' course record of 61. Donaldson had set up his flirt with history after a birdie-par-birdie-eagle start from the 10th while he picked up two more shots at 17 and 18. The former Ryder Cup star was one of three players in the top four who played in the afternoon; Wall matched Horsey's morning score of 9-under to end day one at Emirates GC in T2 while Tyrrell Hatton came in late with a 64 to sit two back for solo fourth.
Jan 25 - 8:51 AM

2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship winner Jamie Donaldson missed the cut at this year's renewal; his second round 2-under-par 34-36=70 unable to remedy his failure to go low in the first round at Abu Dhabi GC.

Donaldson pegged a first round 1-over-par 73 to hit halfway on 1-under 143 and it fell one short of the cut mark. He reached the 11th tee in fine form, ticking 1, 2, 8 and 10 to offset a bogey at No. 3, but he swapped three back nine dropped shots (at 11, 14 and 17) with just the two gains (at 13 and 18). Other notables that will join the Welshman in getting the weekend off include: 143- Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter ... 144- Graeme McDowell, Eddie Pepperell ... 145- Hao Tong Li, Robert Rock ... 149- Chris Wood.
Jan 19 - 9:14 AM

2013 winner Jamie Donaldson will want to rekindle his affection for Abu Dhabi Golf Club when he tees it up at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

That win came flush in the middle of a period when the Welshman's career was at its height. That year and the next he'd finish top five on the Race to Dubai, but of late that has changed. He was 87th in 2016, 99th last year, but the manner of his card retention (a superb top five at Valderrama, a venue he had always struggled at) was a boost and he's had a solid enough start to the 2018 season, including T23 in the Hong Kong Open and T34 last week at Glendower. He's 9-for-10 on the course, with a second best effort of T9 in 2015.
Jan 16 - 10:24 AM

Jamie Donaldson hasn't played the UBS Hong Kong Open since T7 in 2010 but he quickly found his touch there again today with an opening 3-under-par 31-36=67 putting him in a tie for fourth place after round one.

The Welshman threatened SSP Chawrasia's lead of 5-under at one point after cruising to 4-under through his opening 13 holes but late bogeys at 15 and 16 denied him top spot. Former Ryder Cup hero Donaldson looked in huge danger of losing his European Tour card last season but saved himself with a superb top four finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. After drinking in the last-chance saloon and flinging open the swinging doors, Donaldson was quick on the draw here with birdies at 2, 5 and 6. Despite his late wobble, another gain at 17 left a positive taste and, although it's early days, he's very much on target to match or better that T7 from seven years ago. Overall, he's 6-for-6 in this event.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 05:40:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson scraped his way into the all-important Race to Dubai top 100 with a final round level-par 36-35=71 for solo fourth on 5-under 279 in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

In 12 rounds at Valderrama prior to this week the Welshman had never once equalled the par of 71 and yet with his playing rights for 2018 apparently out of his grasp he turned in one of the performances of his career, logging rounds of 73-67-68-71. On Sunday there was an early mistake at the second which cost him a bogey, but he made his way to the turn without any further errors. A birdie-birdie start to the back nine appeared to allay the nerves only for a final dropped shot at the 12th. With the nerves high he missed the 16th green, but from tangly rough he found the putting surface and polished off the par, just as he did at 17 and 18. Initially projections had him outside the top 100, but this was later changed and he moved inside the magic figure at 99th. There was never a moment he looked like challenging the leaders, but it's possibly he never thought of doing so; instead he completed the win that mattered for next year.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson is not giving up his card without a final day fight after he carded a Saturday 3-under-par 34-34=68 for a 54-hole total of 5-under 208, T4 and three back of leader Sergio Garcia in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

It has been a stunning effort by the Welshman this week. Not only did he start the week 118th on the Race to Dubai and 22nd on the Access Points List, and therefore needing something special to retain his card, but his record at Valderrama offered very little hope of redemption. Admittedly he had never finished outside the top 50 in his three visits, but he had never finished better than T33 and more worryingly had racked up a stroke average of 74.58 whilst breaking 74 just three times in 12 laps and never going lower than 72. A first round 73 didn't change the trend, but the 67-68 which followed has and in some style. He made two bogeys Saturday at 7 and 14, but two front nine ticks at 1 and 9, plus three on the back nine at 10, 16 and 18, more than made up for it.
Sat, Oct 21, 2017 12:32:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson shot the best score of the morning wave on day two of the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, a 4-under-par 35-32=67 which lifted him over 40 spots up the leaderboard and into contention.

With the afternoon session in play, the Welshman's halfway score of 2-under 140 currently puts him T10 and just five back from two-shot leader Joost Luiten, who has three to play. Before today, Donaldson had never broken par at Valderrama, an unwanted record that stretched to 13 rounds after a 73 in round one. After playing his first nine holes in even par following birdies at 6 and 8 against bogeys at 7 and 9, the former Ryder Cup star was struggling to make an impact again. But he went from 2-over to 2-under with a superb back nine that produced red circles at 10, 11, 14 and 17.
Fri, Oct 20, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson makes the Andalucia Valderrama Masters his next European Tour start and he’ll hope he can find a way to crack the code of a course where he's struggled to thrive.

The Welshman’s appearances at Valderrama have been sporadic but across the 2003 Volvo Masters and two editions of the Andalucia Masters (2010 and 2011) he’s never been able to break par in 12 rounds. Because of the toughness of the course, his results aren’t actually too bad and he battled away to finish T49 and T33 in the Andalucia and was T47 in 2003. Still, the course is definitely 1up on him so far. He’ll have some confidence on his return after using an opening 64 to take T26 in Italy last week and he ranked 1st in greens in regulation at Golf Club Milano. Donaldson has played 30 events in Spain down the years and three of his top 10s came in his last seven starts there.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 05:12:00 AM

A spectacular closing eagle rounded off a 4-under-par 33-34=67 for Jamie Donaldson in round two of the Italian Open and he'll go into the weekend in a tie for third spot on 11-under 131 and just two behind leaders Matt Wallace and Marcus Fraser.

After the fireworks of his opening 64 which put him in a six-way tie for the lead, Donaldson was calmer today and played his first 15 holes of Golf Club Milano in just 1-under. That comprised birdies at 14 and 17 and a bogey-5 at No. 5. He picked up another shot at 7 and then finished in style. He explained: "I couldn't quite get there with a 3-wood so hit a driver off the deck and came out so perfect. It was nice to get it down there, only two feet from the hole. Yeah, one of my great shots. I played well again. The putter wasn't quite as warm today as it was yesterday. But yeah, overall, I'm happy. I hit a lot of good shots. Especially coming towards the end of the round there."
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 01:20:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson is 0-for-4 at the Italian Open but the Welshman looks set to write a very different story this week after torching Golf Club Milano for a 7-under-par 32-32=64 to share the first-round lead with defending champion Francesco Molinari, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Alexander Bjork.

Three of those missed cuts came early in his career although he did play this course last year but went home at halfway after failing to make enough birdies in rounds of 71-69. There was no such problem for the Ryder Cup star today as he splashed four red numbers on each nine and swallowed just a single bogey. Donaldson set the tone with a pair of opening circles at 1 and 2 before closing his front nine with two more at 8 and 9. After trading birdie-2 at 10 with bogey-4 at 12, he picked up another shot at 14, ticked 17 and then drained a 10-footer for a final gain at 18. Donaldson started the week ranked 129th on the Race to Dubai after sliding with three missed cuts in his last four starts.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 08:46:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson has sprinkled three top 10s at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship played over the Scottish links courses of St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns and he'll give it another go this week.

The Welshman posted T9 on debut in 2001, added T8 in 2008 and delivered another T9 in 2011. He was also T13 two years ago after opening 69-65. It's an event he always enjoys and Donaldson should be in decent spirits after bouncing back from two missed cuts with T37 at last week's British Masters where he shot 70-68-69-67 and made a hole-in-one in round two. With five top 25s in his last 11 starts, Donaldson can still offer decent reward even if he's fallen some way below the heights of 2014 when he starred in the Ryder Cup and finished fourth on the Race to Dubai. He's currently 128th on this year's points race. One final note about his links form: Donaldson won the 2012 Irish Open at Royal Portrush.
Tue, Oct 3, 2017 07:12:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson will make a seventh appearance in the British Masters this week at Close House GC in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

It's a moot point if the Welshman will be pleased to see a new course for this event. On the one hand a new venue means he can overlook his poor record in the past, but also, given the regular change of track, he might figure that it's the event not the layout which is a problem. His difficulty has rarely been making the weekend (he's 5-for-6). Instead he's never cracked the top 40. Indeed, his best effort (T45 in 2003) had him T6 after 54 holes before a final lap of 78 saw him crash backwards. In all he has gone sub-70 just three times in 22 attempts. His form is equally iffy. He was T25 in the Czech Masters, but then missed the cut both at the European Masters and KLM Open.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 07:32:00 AM