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Jamie Donaldson given US PGA Tour card

Jamie Donaldson has been handed a special temporary membership to the US PGA Tour which will be in effect for the remainder of the season.

The Welshman became eligible for the card after earning 257 non-member FedEx Cup points when he finished tied for second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last week.

Donaldson, 38, played a great game in trying conditions at Doral, second only to US starlet Patrick Reed who was ahead of him in the final standings. However, with the points that Donaldson gained, he easily passed the 150 required for temporary membership to the Tour. He will now follow in the footsteps of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson, who accepted a similar offer when finishing runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship last month.

Donaldson has a good history behind him, twice winning on the European Tour while he currently leads the Race to Dubai standings. With his US Tour card, however, it appears he will be seen more on the other side of the Atlantic in the coming months, likely making his first outing at next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.