Jamie tee­ing up for a Ma­jor year

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

RY­DER Cup hero Jamie Donaldson has won his fourth straight Welsh Tour Pro­fers­sional of the Year after a glo­ri­ous 2014, and he’s tar­get­ing a Ma­jor im­pact this year.

Donaldson’s bril­liant Ry­der Cup de­but saw him seal vic­tory for Europe at Gle­nea­gles as well as hit his all-time high­est world rank­ing of 24th.

All of which made the Pon­typridd-born star the clear win­ner for the Golf Union of Wales’ award, which he re­ceived at another renowned Ry­der Cup venue, Celtic Manor.

Donaldson stunned the Americans at Gle­nea­gles, win­ning three points for Europe in­clud­ing his sin­gles vic­tory over Kee­gan Bradley, cour­tesy of an almost-per­fect 146yard wedge at the 15th.

And the 39-year-old says he aims to main­tain his record of climb­ing the rank­ings, a feat he’s con­tin­ued to achieve since putting his ca­reer-threat­en­ing back prob­lems be­hind him in 2008.

Mac­cles­field- based Donaldson, who fin­ished fourth in the Euro­pean Tour’s Race to Dubai, will no doubt be eye­ing suc­cess in Ma­jor tour­na­ments to add to his three Euro­pean Tour suc­cesses.

“I have steadily im­proved my rank­ings ev­ery year, so that con­tin­ues to be the main goal for 2015,” he re­vealed. “But I will also be bas­ing my sched­ule around the four Ma­jors and try­ing to im­prove my record in those.

“I would un­doubt­edly like to get off to a quick start and carry on ex­actly where I left off in 2014.

“In 2013 it was great to win early due to the fact I gained con­fi­dence from the vic­tory and it un­doubt- edly helped me to carry that kind into the rest of the sea­son.

“It is get­ting harder to im­prove my rank­ings, fourth in the Race to Dubai does not leave a lot of room, but my world rank­ing is 24 so there is a bit I can do there.”

Richard Wilkins

●● Jamie Donaldson with the Ry­der Cup

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