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Course record in Shanghai helps Jamie Donaldson climb the rankings

Jamie Donaldson heads to the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament this week after a rollercoaster four days at the BMW Masters.

Jamie Donaldson heads to the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament this week after a rollercoaster four days at the BMW Masters.

He led after the first round in Shanghai, shooting a course-record 62 at Lake Malaran. His 10-under-par round gave him a four-shot lead on day one.

But his tournament took a turn for the worse after that – a two-over 74 on Friday and a 72 on Saturday saw Donaldson drop off the pace before a final round of 69 helped the 37-year-old to a 16th-place finish in the tournament won by Swede Peter Hanson.

It helped him move up to 19th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai cash prize rankings, with earnings of more than 980,000 Euros this year.

It also moved Macclesfield-based Donaldson inside the world’s top 50.

"I played really well from start to finish. Never really missed a shot," said Donaldson of his stunning 62 on day one.

"It was one of those rounds where you hit everything where you want to hit it and every putt where you want to.

"It’s up there with the best rounds I've ever shot, and on a course that is no pushover by any stretch of the imagination."

Donaldson stormed to his maiden Tour by winning July’s Irish Open, before a seventh-place finish in the US PGA.

 
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