It’s an exciting week for numero, as members of our team will be flying out to Augusta to show their support for recently sponsored Jamie Donaldson, one of the world’s top 30 golfers, as he takes on his first Masters event.
Donaldson’s story has received a significant amount of coverage in the national press, with numero’s name appearing alongside coverage of the golfer in The Independent and the Sun. His story is an inspiring one. Following a crippling injury seven years ago, Donaldson has returned to reach peak form at age 37 and take on golfing legends at the sport’s highest level. With lifetime earnings in excess of £5 million over his thirteen year career, Donaldson had long been a talented golfer, but a broken vertebra in 2006 threatened any hope of future success.
Against all expectations though, Donaldson gradually recovered his fitness to claim high profile victories at the Irish Open and Abu Dhabi Championship, beating the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the latter. This incredible comeback was all the more poignant for Donaldson, given that he sees the Abu Dhabi event as one of golf’s biggest challenges.
“The win at the start of the year was fantastic on a difficult course,” comments Donaldson, reflecting, “To win when you find the course tough takes you on to better things. I know I can perform on tough tracks.”
In fact Donaldson will have the chance to test his form later this week, as his remarkable achievements have earned him a spot at the US Masters in Augusta – the first major championship of 2013.
This rise to prominence has not affected Donaldson’s outlook, however, as he still remains grounded in his approach to preparing for perhaps the most important moment of his career. Donaldson even admits that his knowledge of the course has largely been devloped via practice sessions with the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game on Xbox Kinect.
“It’s a massive golf course with massive history but I won’t be preparing any different for a standard event that I might play every week. I’ve got my rules for preparation,” states the level-headed Donaldson, concluding, “My career has been getting better and better. This is another stepping stone, another landmark. I’m looking to go there to perform.”