Golf: Donaldson hopes momentum continues in Singapore

Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson at the BMW Masters 2015 tournament in Shanghai on Nov 12.
Welsh golfer Jamie Donaldson at the BMW Masters 2015 tournament in Shanghai on Nov 12. PHOTO: REUTERS

He had endured a challenging 2015, starting the year as the world No. 24 but slipping to No. 68 at one point.

So Jamie Donaldson's first win in almost 16 months at last month's Thailand Golf Championship came as a much-needed morale boost.

The 40-year-old Welsh golfer will be looking to consolidate his position in the world's top 50 players by doing well in the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) Singapore Open, after organisers confirmed that he will compete at the Jan 28-31 tournament.

The three-time winner on the European Tour, who famously secured the winning point for Europe on his Ryder Cup debut in 2014, will join a host of other famous names at the Sentosa Golf Club. They include world No. 1 Jordan Spieth and fellow Major champions Darren Clarke and Yang Yong Eun.

Said Donaldson, who is now ranked 46th: "I had one of my best-ever victories in Thailand and now I am focused on winning again at the SMBC Singapore Open.

"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 SMBC Singapore Open will also feature the top 60 from the Asian Tour, top 60 from the Japanese Golf Tour Organisation, and leading Singapore professionals and amateurs.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2016, with the headline 'Donaldson hopes momentum continues in S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe