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America, Say Hello To Donaldson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | Allow me to introduce Jamie Donaldson. You might have caught
a glimpse of him in the past few months as he makes his first significant-length foray on the PGA Tour. You are going to be seeing a lot more of him.
Donaldson is all but in the Europe Ryder Cup team for the match at Gleneagles but he does not welcome talk saying as much. He has the realistic attitude of a competitor who knows that things could go wrong between now and then. “I’m in a difficult position. I am not in the team yet and I don’t intend to regard myself as being in it until I get to Gleneagles and Paul McGinley welcomes me to the team hotel.” He is about the only person who holds this view.
Becoming the seventh Welshman to play in the Ryder Cup is thanks to a run of good form that began when he broke through for victory in the 2012 Irish Open and later that year finished T7 in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. Good as that was, it got better. He won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in 2013, competed in all four of golf’s major championships that year and came second in the Turkish Airlines Open late last year.
This year, by now taking advantage of membership on the PGA Tour and having moved his family across the Atlantic and rented Ian Poulter’s house at Lake Nona in Orlando, he tied for second in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida in March, was T14 in The Masters in April and made a decent fist of things on his debut at the Players Championship last week. He tied Luke Donald on 2-under par.


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