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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 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

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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

Jamie Donaldson turns his focus to TPC Southwind and his second edition of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

The Welshman missed the cut by nine last year after rounds of 73-77. He arrives off a T10 in Ireland and a missed cut at the BMW PGA in his last start two weeks ago. Prior to that, the 40-year-old posted a missed cut at the Wells Fargo and a T48 at the 54-hole Zurich Classic, the former his first MC of the TOUR season in eight starts. His season best in stroke play is T19 at the Houston Open, adding a T21 at the Masters. Donaldson checks-in at No. 65 in OWGR and will make his fourth U.S. Open start next week after being inside the Top 60 in OWGR as of May 23rd.
Wed, Jun 8, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson will make his fourth start at Augusta National GC during the 2016 Masters.

The Welshman missed the cut on his debut in 2013, was a creditable T14 in 2014 and then a final round 5-under-par 67, his first sub-70 round on the course, boosted him to T33 last year. He ended 2015 with a victory in the Thailand Golf Championship on the Asian Tour, an event notable for the large number of worldwide stars who get an invite, but his start to 2016 was disrupted when he cut his hand gardening. Two missed cuts followed on his return, but he has since gone 4-for-4, although he is yet to crack the top 15 this season. He has ranked top 5 for Putts per Round at both Doral and Innisbrook in recent weeks.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 04:27:00 PM

The second round of the Shell Houston Open was suspended for darkness at 7:37 p.m. CT.

Once play was delayed this morning, this was a foregone conclusion. Lightning in the area forced a 90-minute stoppage before round two resumed at 11:00 a.m. Twenty-seven golfers couldn't complete their round tonight. They are scheduled to return to the Golf Club of Houston at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. Jamie Donaldson had the round of the day going and is 5-under-par through 15 holes and 8-under total, up 29 places on the live leaderboard to T3. His first shot tomorrow will be from the fringe 46 feet from the hole at the par-3 16th.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 09:12:00 PM

Jamie Donaldson heads to Texas for this week's WGC-Dell Match Play and will go head-to-head with top seed Jordan Spieth, American youngster Justin Thomas and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in Group 1.

Despite being known as the man who secured the winning point for Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Donaldson's record in this format is disappointing. He's won just four of his 14 matches across the various match-play events and is 1-4 in this tournament. That sole victory was a 2&1 success over Sergio Garcia at Harding Park last year. At least the Welshman heads to Austin Country Club on the back of some steady form in Florida where he posted T26 in the Honda Classic and T35 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 04:51:00 AM

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.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 04:56:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jan 18, 2016 08:34:00 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