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Friday, 10 August 2012
Jamie Donaldson   (Getty Images)
Jamie Donaldson (Getty Images)
Even with a seven on his card Welshman Jamie Donaldson continued to make his presence felt in the US PGA Championship - only the second Major he has ever played in America.

Winner of the Irish Open last month on the links of Royal Portrush - his first European Tour victory in 255 starts - Donaldson was having more fun beside the seaside at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

An opening three under par 69 had left him three behind Swedish pace-setter Carl Pettersson and on his return the 36 year old defied a strong wind to go to the turn in 35 and move into a tie for fourth.

Donaldson birdied the first and sixth, but hit his second shot into a thick patch of rough on the 579 yard seventh and needed three hacks at it to get out.

A double-bogey was the end result, but he hit straight back with a 35 foot birdie putt and then saved his par four with a chip to seven feet at the 494 yard ninth.

Rory McIlroy, one behind Pettersson overnight, was among the later starters, as were Tiger Woods on three under and Lee Westwood on three over.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Alex Noren had also been five under par overnight, but slipped back to three under and one under respectively.

Donaldson did bogey the short 14th to slip to three under and joint eighth, but none of the morning starters were in a better position.


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