Jamie out to re­peat feat in Thai­land

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IN-FORM Jamie Don­ald­son will be seek­ing more win­ning ac­co­lades in Asia when he tees it up at the SMBC Sin­ga­pore Open later this month.

The world num­ber 46 from Mac­cles­field tri­umphed at the Thai­land Golf Cham­pi­onship in De­cem­ber to round off his sea­son in style and is now look­ing for an­other morale­boost­ing vic­tory.

He will face an elite field, in­clud­ing world num­ber one Jor­dan Spi­eth and fel­low Ma­jor cham­pi­ons Dar­ren Clarke and Y. E. Yang, at the Sen­tosa Golf Club from Jan­uary 28-31.

The SMBC Sin­ga­pore Open, which is re­turn­ing to the sched­ule af­ter a three-year ab­sence, will be jointly sanc­tioned by the Asian Tour and the Ja­pan Golf Tour Or­gan­i­sa­tion (JGTO).

Don­ald­son had en­dured a chal­leng­ing 2015 be­fore hit­ting top form at the Thai­land Golf Cham­pi­onship where he com­piled a win­ning to­tal of 21-un­der-par 267 which was bet­ter than past cham­pi­ons Lee West­wood and Ser­gio Gar­cia.

“I had one of my best ever vic­to­ries in Thai­land last De­cem­ber and now I am fo­cused on win­ning again at the SMBC Sin­ga­pore Open,” said Don­ald­son.

“There is a re­ally strong field for the tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing player of the mo­ment Jor­dan Spi­eth, and I am sure it is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing event on a great course.”

The 40-year-old basked in the in­ter­na­tional spot­light in 2014 when he se­cured the win­ning point for Europe in their Ry­der Cup tus­sle with the United States at Gle­nea­gles.

He ar­rowed a wedge from 146 yards to within a foot of the pin at the 15th, forc­ing Kee­gan Bradley to con­cede the hole and en­sur­ing the Ry­der Cup would stay in Euro­pean hands.

What Don­ald­son de­scribed as “the best shot of my life” was later voted The Euro­pean Tour Shot of the Year for 2014.

Don­ald­son also won the Czech Masters in 2014 to add to his vic­to­ries in the 2012 Ir­ish Open and the Abu Dhabi Golf Cham­pi­onship in 2013.

The SMBC Sin­ga­pore Open will fea­ture the top 60 from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the JGTO, lead­ing Sin­ga­pore pro­fes­sion­als and am­a­teurs and in­vites in­clud­ing play­ers from the top 50 in the world.

Mark Baker

●● Jamie Don­ald­son

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