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Jamie Donaldson |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 10/19/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 174
College: England

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Defending champion Jamie Donaldson has withdrawn from this week's Czech Masters.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. Aug 24 - 3:47 PM

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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 six (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). Lowry, Stallings and Kaymer were already fully exempt next season with victories.
Aug 23 - 7:09 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.
Aug 15 - 8:51 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.
Aug 6 - 2:57 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.
Aug 3 - 3:14 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.
Jul 23 - 8:57 AM

Jamie Donaldson will once more head to Crans-sur-Sierre in the Swiss Alps to play in this week's Omega European Masters for a 12th time.

If he wasn't on the radar already, the Welshman's excellent course form should attract gamers. Donaldson has cracked the top 10 in three of the last four editions, finishing third in 2011 and seventh last year after opening 65-64. The event switches this year from its traditional September slot so fantasy managers will hope the tough conditions at the Open Championship won't in any way affect how the Ryder Cup star performs given that he usually puts his feet up for a few weeks after contesting the Claret Jug. Donaldson finished T49 at St. Andrews after rounds of 72-71-71-70.
Jul 21 - 6:01 AM

Jamie Donaldson takes part in this week's Alstom Open de France and hopes a return to the European Tour will improve his fortunes after a lean spell in America.

Although he showed up strongly at Sawgrass when T8 at THE PLAYERS, the Welshman has missed five of his last seven cuts on the PGA Tour. In between, he did cross the Atlantic for the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and posted T18 so Donaldson will hope to come alive again in Paris this week. The signs are good. He's finished T5 and T6 in his last two visits to Le Golf National and with this venue staging the 2018 Ryder Cup, he's likely to feel some positive vibes and reminders of his winning shot at Gleneagles in Europe's 2014 victory.
Jul 1 - 7:18 AM

Jamie Donaldson will hope to improve his record in the majors when he tees it up in this week's U.S. Open.

The Welshman may have flourished in the last Ryder Cup but he's made the top 20 just once in seven major starts -- a T7 in the 2012 PGA Championship -- and is 1-for-2 in the U.S. Open. He made the cut on debut at Merion in 2013 but crashed out at halfway after a second-round 81 at Pinehurst last year. Donaldson has been a late developer at all stages of his career, however, so expect him to show up strongly somewhere soon and possibly at Chambers Bay this week. He'll have Americans Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk for company over the first two rounds, the trio teeing off from the 10th hole on Thursday at 8:39 a.m. PDT. The 39-year-old missed the cut in last week's St. Jude Classic but was T18 in the BMW PGA Championship and T8 at THE PLAYERS prior to that.
Jun 16 - 6:13 PM

Jamie Donaldson has made his last seven cuts at the BMW PGA Championship in England and returns for another crack.

His best result at Wentworth is a T7 in 2011 although he looked set to better that last year after middle rounds of 69-68 but a closing 76 sent him spiralling down to T30. The Welshman was also T8 in the 2005 edition. Donaldson had a tough run with three missed cuts out of four on the PGA TOUR across March and April but bounced back nicely at THE PLAYERS where he posted a Sunday 67 to take a share of tied eighth.
May 19 - 5:40 AM

Jamie Donaldson twirled a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to post 8-under 280, good for the early clubhouse lead.

Donaldson, who secured the winning point for Team Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup, began the day T40 and seven shots back of the lead. On the round he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation en route to a five birdie, one bogey loop. His split ranged from 2'1" on the 11th to 17'1" on the par-4 seventh. After his fifth par breaker on the 12th, the Welshman began to tread water, missing four of his last five GIR but scrambled successfully in each instance to go 5-for-6 in that stat. The 39-year-old is currently positioned inside the top 10 on the leaderboard and will easily eclipse his previous best of T38 at his PLAYERS' debut last year.
May 10 - 3:40 PM

With a 2-and-1 loss to Jamie Donaldson in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship, Sergio Garcia has been eliminated.

All four members of this group, which includes Bernd Wiesberger and Tommy Fleetwood, were 1-1 after two rounds. Donaldson beat Wiesberger on Wednesday, so he owns the tiebreaker over the Austrian. If Fleetwood beats Wiesberger, the Englishman will advance since he owns the tiebreaker over Donaldson. This is Match Play life in 2015. Donaldson led the entire way against Garcia today. The Welshman opened birdie-birdie-par to stake a 3-up advantage. The Spaniard chipped away to sit 1-down through 11, but Donaldson's birdie at the par-3 17th clinched the win.
May 1 - 6:09 PM

Jamie Donaldson logged a 1-up win over Bernd Wiesberger in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

The European duo entered the tournament a combined 0-3 in the tournament, so something had to give. The funny thing is, both kind of did. Through a series of birdies and bogeys, neither had more than a 1-up lead at any point. When Wiesberger holed a birdie at the par-4 16th, the match was all square. The Austrian gave it right back to Donaldson with a bogey-4 at 17, which is a real no-no since birdies can be had at the par-5 18th. Indeed, both found a 4 at the last where the Welshman two-putted for the point. The Ryder Cupper gets Tommy Fleetwood on Thursday. Wiesberger will need to beat Sergio Garcia in the second round to stave off mathematical elimination.
Apr 29 - 6:39 PM

Jamie Donaldson takes on fellow Europeans Sergio Garcia, Bernd Wiesberger and Tommy Fleetwood in Group 10 of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship at TPC Harding Park.

After missing three of his last four cuts on the PGA TOUR, the Welshman should appreciate a return to the match-play format where he famously secured the winning point for Europe in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles last October by taking down Keegan Bradley in the singles. He'll hope that gives him more of an intimidation factor as his overall career record in matchplay is just 2-7-2. He's lost in the first round in both starts in this event, 3&2 to Thorbjorn Olesen in 2013 and 6&5 to Billy Horschel in 2014.
Apr 28 - 4:31 AM

Jamie Donaldson raced home in 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the 79th Masters to post even-par 288.

The Welshman was dealt with the unfavorable challenge of being grouped with Tiger Woods in the first two rounds. Donaldson opened in 3-over 74-71=145, and then found a pairing with the third member of that threesome, Jimmy Walker, in the third round. Today, the European hit only 11 greens in regulation, but he connected for eight birdies. That set featured four in a row beginning at the par-5 13th hole and a walk-off 3 at No. 18. At the time he signed his card, Donaldson sat T33 on the leaderboard and with sole possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead. While today's experience illustrated that a low score is gettable today, he may already be lobbying for a different threesome at next year's Masters.
Apr 12 - 2:19 PM