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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 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. Oct 22 - 12:28 PM

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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.
Oct 21 - 12:32 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.
Oct 20 - 11:27 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.
Oct 18 - 5:12 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."
Oct 13 - 1:20 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.
Oct 12 - 8:46 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.
Oct 3 - 7:12 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.
Sep 26 - 7:32 AM

Jamie Donaldson crushed Jorge Campilllo 4-and-3 in the second round of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

The Welshman has a fondness for this format of the game, having enjoyed his career defining moment in the Ryder Cup. He can also lay claim to having defeated Victor Dubuisson and Justin Thomas in his last matchplay tournament (the 2016 WGC World Match Play). In round one on the Beckenbauer Course he eased past Paul Peterson and on Friday was too hot for the Spaniard. That said he trailed 2-down after Campillo opened with two birdies, but thereafter it was one way traffic. Donaldson made three birdies and one eagle in his next six holes, and was granted another hole to par. Then, as Campillo chased par breakers, he ceded the 15th, and the match, to a par. Donaldson will play Hayden Porteous or defending champion Anthony Wall in round two.
Aug 18 - 6:58 AM

Jamie Donaldson had a fun ride around Portstewart GC in round one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, painting a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to sit one shot off the clubhhouse lead and T3 on the live leaderboard.

The Welshman won this event at nearby Royal Portrush five years ago so clearly enjoys this particular piece of linksland. Today, he made a par-birdie-par start from the 10th but then swallowed a double bogey-7 at the par-5 13th. He got those shots back immediately with gains at 14 and 15 and then ticked 17. After trading a birdie with a bogey at 1 and 2, Donaldson sprinkled further red at 4, 6 and 7 before a walk-off circle at 9, his ninth of the round. Those 66 swings are just one more than Matthew Southgate while he's currently two behind England's Oliver Fisher, who is 8-under with two to play. Donaldson had come into the event showing a return to form with two top 15s in his previous three starts.
Jul 6 - 8:13 AM

Jamie Donaldson will make a happy return to the Causeway Coast when he tees it up in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Northern Ireland.

Five years ago the Welshman won this tournament when it was held five miles away at Royal Portrush, and with the land and golfing examination along very similar lines he’ll be confident of a strong week. Even more so give that after a run of pretty average form for the best past of a year-and-a-quarter he's finally found some decent golf, when finishing T7 at the Nordea Masters and then T14 in the BMW International Open. He has an odd record in the event: missed his first five cuts, then three cuts made with one good round and three average ones, then the win in 2012 followed by T10 in both 2012 and last year.
Jul 4 - 9:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson returns to play the BMW International Open in Munich this week, but Golfclub München Eichenried is not a favoured venue for him.

Two rounds excepted Donaldson has never fared especially well at Eichenried. On debut in 2003 he opened with a 74, but responded with 65-69 to be T19 after 54 holes. That was as good as it got. A 72 saw him drift to T30 and he played only 36 holes on his next three visits. Three years ago he did play the event at Gut Larchenhof and was T5 – perhaps he thought they were playing there this year? T7 on his last outing at the Nordea Masters (leader after 36 holes), that was a very welcome return to form having gone 3-for-9 through the season to that point. One additional ray of hope? His last top five finish on the European Tour was also in Germany, at the European Open in late 2015. In total, however, he has made the top 20 just twice in 18 starts in Germany.
Jun 20 - 9:50 AM

Second-round leader Jamie Donaldson put it in reverse on day three of the Nordea Masters in Sweden, signing for a 2-over-par 36-39=75 and slipping back to T5 on 6-under 213, three strokes behind new pacesetter Chris Wood.

The Welshman was two clear at start of play but dropped a shot at No. 3 after finding sand with his approach and giving another away at the next following a missed green. He retrieved both shots with circles at 7 and 9 and, at that point, was just a shot behind what turned out to be the 54-hole lead. But he couldn't find a spark on Barseback Golf & Country Club's back nine and swallowed bogey-6 at 12 and gave another one back at No. 14. Donaldson closed with four pars to complete an inward 39.
Jun 3 - 12:01 PM

Jamie Donaldson smoothed a second round 4-under-par 35-34=69 at Barseback Golf and Country Club to hit the 36-hole stage on 8-under 138, two clear of the field in the Nordea Masters.

The Welshman has burst from a terrible slump in form this week, having not made a top ten since May last year and not featured in the top ten at the end of any round since the PGA Championship in August. But his second 69 of the week took him from T2 at the start of play to the sole lead, two swings clear of Renato Paratore. He opened proceedings with a birdie-3 at the first followed by ten straight pars. He twice made back-to-back par breakers on the back nine, at 12 and 13 (from 20'0"), then 16 and 17 (from kick-in range), with a bogey-4 at the 15th in between. He's held three solo halfway leads on the European Tour, winning once - the 2014 Czech Masters, which is when he last led a European Tour event on his own at the end of a round.
Jun 2 - 12:39 PM

Jamie Donaldson was runner-up the last time Barseback Golf & Country Club staged the Nordea Masters in 2009 and he's flying high again at the Swedish course after hoisting up a bogey-free 4-under-par 36-33=69 in round one, good enough for T2 in the clubhouse.

That's just a single swing behind leader Renato Paratore of Italy. The Welshman has gone over a year without as much as a top 20 and has cashed just three times in nine starts this season with a best of T29. But recalling his good memories of Barseback, where he was also T16 in the 2003 edition, the former Ryder Cup hero produced his lowest opening lap of the season. Starting at 10, Donaldson kept it steady on his opening nine, signing for eight pars and grabbing his first circle at 9. He added circles at 1 and 2 and finished with a walk-off birdie at 9 to complete an excellent morning's work.
Jun 1 - 7:20 AM