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Jamie Donaldson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 10/19/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 174

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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

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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

Jamie Donaldson heads to the BMW South African Open at Glendower GC in desperate need of arresting a poor run of results.

Fourth on the Race to Dubai rankings in 2013, fifth in 2014, including a starring role in the European Ryder Cup victory, life was pretty sweet for the Welshman. He then opted to try out the PGA Tour and the split schedule has not quite worked, not aided by a self-inflicted gardening injury exactly 12 months ago. He’s twice failed to retain his PGA card and has followed those two stellar campaigns in Europe with 48th and then 87th last year. T10 in May’s Irish Open and T26 in June’s St Jude Classic he is just 3-for-11 since then, with a best of T42 and not been seen since withdrawing from the British Masters in early October. He’s 11-for-15 in South Africa with six top 20 finishes and a best of T2 in the 2013 Nedbank Challenge.
Jan 10 - 3:04 PM

Jamie Donaldson played eight holes in the first round of the British Masters at The Grove before departing the scene.

The Welshman had made three bogeys and one triple bogey-6 at the par-three third hole before withdrawing; he cited an arm injury to the European Tour press office. There was no news added as to the long term implications.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson is 0-for-3 at the Italian Open but will make his first appearance since 2006 when he pegs it up at Golf Club Milano this week.

The Welshman missed the cut at Olgiata in 2002 and also made a halfway exit at Castello di Tolcinasco in both 2005 and 2006. That form can probably be largely ignored but it's difficult to turn a blind eye to his current results. Two years ago Donaldson was preparing to make his Ryder Cup debut, an event which thrust him into the limelight after he secured Europe's winning point with one of the event's iconic shots. A top 30 player at the time, he's now languishing at 93rd in the world rankings. Donaldson did win the Thailand Golf Championship in December but that's turned out to be something of a false dawn. He's had just one worldwide top 10 since while, more recently, he's cashed just three times in his last eight events and not finished higher than T42.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 05:24:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson added a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to his opening 69 to post 4-under 136 after two rounds of the 98th PGA Championship.

That slots the Welshman in at T9 on the leaderboard, five shots behind joint pacesetters Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb. Donaldson came out strong with birdies at 1 and 3 and added six pars to the turn. A bogey at 10 was the only blemish on his afternoon tour of Baltusrol's Lower Course and he responded with birdies at 14 and 17, the latter after holing a bomb from 45'10". Three years ago, Donaldson finished T7 in this event at Kiawah Island and he's in position to crack the top five for a first time in a major if he continues this form. To be honest, there had been few signs of it in recent weeks even though he did take T21 in the Masters earlier this year.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 07:57:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson is 2-for-3 in the majors this year as he readies for another crack at the PGA Championship.

This event provided his only top 10 in a major when he posted T7 at Kiawah Island in 2012. He also made the top 25 (T24) in 2014 but withdrew in both 2013 and 2015 after carding opening rounds of 80 and 79 respectively. He's also failed to avoid the big numbers in recent starts and, after a bright start in the Open Championship (69), Donaldson fell back to T72 after shooting 73-76-79 over his final 54 holes. The Welshman, who was T21 at the Masters earlier this year, tees off from the 10th on Tuesday at 08:20 ET. He has major winners Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley for company over the first two rounds at Baltusrol.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:05:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson styled a 2-under-par 34-35=69 to kick off his week at The 145th Open.

The Welshman had his ball-striking in check today, splitting nine (of 14) fairways and landing 14 greens. Despite the great tee-to-green play, his flat stick held him back from truly going low as he took 32 putts around Royal Troon Golf Club. Despite the poor putting performance, Donaldson squared just one bogey today and finds himself in great position, currently T10 on live leaderboard as the afternoon groups begin their day.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 08:21:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson needs to up his game at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open if he is to make the European Ryder Cup team again this year.

The Welshman’s best showing in this event, for which he has a 5-for-10 record, was at Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2011, the only time he has played the course, when he ended the week T10. That result is one of 7 top ten finishes he has mustered in 32 starts in Scotland on the Challenge and European Tours. He arrives in Scotland knowing he needs something spectacular over the coming month if he is to help defend the Ryder Cup he sealed the deal on in 2014 (he‘s 34th in the European Points List, 20th in the World List). But having gone 74-74 to miss the cut in the U.S. Open and 77-77 to dodge a weekend in Paris, it’s not looking on the cards.
Tue, Jul 5, 2016 10:37:00 AM

Jamie Donaldson was first out on the course today and cruised to a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Welshman opened his 2015 St. Jude Classic debut with rounds of 73-77, leading to an early trunk slam. This time around, he got his putter working right from the onset, rolling in a 9'9" birdie splash to set the tone of the round. On the day, he rolled in eight putts from outside six feet, including a 39'9" birdie bomb at the par-4 17th. His lone blemish came in the form of a water ball on the par-4 15th, which is almost unavoidable at TPC Southwind as the course featured the most water balls in 2015 (416) and most since 2003 (4,671). Donaldson walked off the course gaining 4.52 strokes with the putter today, which is not sustainable, but gives him a nice head start on the field.
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 12:39:00 PM