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Desert champion Donaldson stays cool in Galvin Green

January 21, 2013

Jamie Donaldson survived the heat of competition and gave Galvin Green the perfect start to the 2013 European Tour season with a thrilling win at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship that puts the popular Welshman into the top 30 of the official World Rankings at a career-high 29th.

His second European Tour win inside six months saw him overcome the challenge of World No. 5 Justin Rose and rising star Thorbjørn Olesen and claim the €336,726 first prize to move into second spot in the Race to Dubai.

In the desert heat, Donaldson stayed cool in his Ventil8 clothing to move two shots ahead of the field with five birdies in the first 17 holes, only to bogey the last and await the outcome of the last match to see if a play-off was needed. But both Rose and the young Dane missed putts at the 18th and the reigning Irish Open champion was able to lift the 'Falcon' trophy.

"I'm very happy to be stood here with the trophy," said Jamie, who at first thought the course was too difficult when he played in the Pro-am on the eve of the event that saw the World Nos. 1 and 2, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, miss the cut.

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