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Masters 2013: Jamie Donaldson shoots hole-in-one on sixth hole

Xbox practice pays off as Welshman Donaldson hits hole-in-one on debut

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Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:50 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 11 April 2013

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a flying start to his first Masters with a sensational hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Augusta.

The 37-year-old was one over par by the time he reached the 180-yard, par-three sixth before his amazing shot on the hole known as Juniper.

He became the fifth golfer record a hole-in-one on the sixth, the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Donaldson's shot was the 24th ace in Masters history after Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one on No 16 last year.

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

The Welshman, who was priced at 300-1 before the tournament, prepared for his first trip down Magnolia Lane by playing on his Xbox.

Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi
Championship in January, his first victory on the European Tour.

Elsewhere, Englishman David Lynn was the early leader in the clubhouse thanks to an opening round of 68.

Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn carded a four-under-par 68 in the first round at Augusta National.

The 39-year-old from Stoke, who has just one win in almost 400 European Tour events, carded six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Thursday.

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Charlie Beljan wins in Florida

Beljan wins first PGA Tour event just two days after fearing he would DIE

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 11 November 2012

PGA Tour rookie Charlie Beljan clung on for his maiden victory at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic – just two days after being taken to hospital following a reported panic attack.

Beljan was hospitalised after complaining of shortness of breath and an elevated heart rate during his second-round 64, and told pgatour.com: 'I thought I literally had a chance to die.'

He defied medical advice by continuing in the tournament, and justified his decision with a two-stroke win after finishing on 16 under par at Magnolia Golf Club.

Taking the Mickey: Charlie Beljan with his trophy after a memorable win

Taking the Mickey: Charlie Beljan with his trophy after a memorable win

Charlie Beljanhits out of the greenside bunker on the 18th hole

Beljan pulled clear with four successive birdies from the seventh, putts of 17 feet at the seventh and 29 at the ninth sandwiching a tap-in at the eighth where he hit his approach to a foot.

He picked up further shots at 10 and 12 to lead by five strokes but then came back to the field when he double-bogeyed the straightforward 13th after dumping his tee-shot in the water.

He bounced back with his eighth birdie of the round at the next and despite a closing bogey, a round of 69 was enough for victory.

Matt Every and Robert Garrigus finished joint second on 14 under after final rounds of 68, with Brian Gay a further shot back after shooting 70.

A group of four players sharing fifth place on 12 under included Boo Weekley – enough to earn him a top-125 place on the season's money list, and with it a tour card for next year.

Runner up: Matt Every finished second in Florida alongside Robert Garrigus

Runner up: Matt Every finished second in Florida alongside Robert Garrigus

Tim Herron tied for ninth on 11 under to jump from 138th to 124th as he and Beljan replaced Billy Mayfair and Rod Pampling in the top 125 – but Jerry Kelly, also in that group, missed out by one place.

Kevin Chappell held on for the final qualifying spot after Charlie Wi and Josh Teater each finished their round with pars to stay at 12 under. Had either dropped a shot, Kelly would have tied for eighth instead of ninth and edged out Chappell.

Beljan's win lifts him from 139th to 63rd and also earns him a two-year exemption on the Tour.

He told pgatour.com: 'What a joy. This is the greatest feeling ever.

'Those five birdies in six holes made things a little bit easier. And then I threw a double bogey in there on the easiest hole on the golf course, but my thinking was I knew I had a five-shot lead.

Charlie Beljan

Charlie Beljan

Family fun: Beljan celebrates with his wife Merisa and son Graham after his victory

Charlie Beljan celebrates his win

'I made double and I actually wasn't even upset about it at all, because I still had a three-shot lead with four or five to play on a Sunday on the PGA Tour and that was all I thought about.'

Discussing the panic attack symptoms, he added: “This morning I woke up and I felt horrible again. It must be a blessing in disguise because all I think about is whether I'm going to play or not. I don't think about the task at hand.

'My wife was kind enough to go sleep in the other room with the baby, so I got a great night's sleep. I woke up, I had a pounding headache and my stomach was hurting.

'But I felt great on the golf course, other than my heart was coming out of my chest and I was just trying to get through. But physically, I felt wonderful.

'(Today it was) for a great reason – Friday it was coming out of my chest for a bad reason.'

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Masters 2012: Augusta for the ages after second round

Generation Game on! Mix of young and old makes it an Augusta for the ages

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00:14 GMT, 7 April 2012

Four charismatic players spanning four different generations sent excitement levels soaring at Augusta National on Sunday and summed up the timeless appeal of the Masters.

Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples are in their twenties, thirties, forties and fifties respectively.

Scroll down for the full leaderboard after the second round at the Augusta National

Standing tall: Fred Couples is the surprise name on the top of the leaderboard at Augusta

Standing tall: Fred Couples is the surprise name on the top of the leaderboard at Augusta

Trouble: Lee Westwood chips to the 18th where he had a torrid time

Trouble: Lee Westwood chips to the 18th where he had a torrid time

Spread out over these sacred acres
they played their parts as fluidly as any string quartet to take their
places on a leaderboard that positively demands you find a cosy armchair
to watch from on Saturday night. It should be quite a performance.

Leading the way are 52-year-old Couples and unsung American Jason Dufner, who lost a play-off for the US PGA Championship last August.

Away: Rory McIlroy knocks out of a bunker on the 17th

Away: Rory McIlroy knocks out of a bunker on the 17th

Then come Garcia and McIlroy a stroke
behind, alongside Lee Westwood, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and
another popular American, Bubba Watson, with Masters specialist Phil
Mickelson only three back after a 68, alongside the dogged Scot Paul
Lawrie, who finished his round with three successive birdies.

Appetising enough for you In
time-honoured fashion it seems only right we allow age to come before
beauty and the remarkable 67 composed by Couples. Heaven knows what
happens to him when he finds himself turning into Magnolia Lane, but the
years just melt away.

Twenty years on from his victory here, he can’t win again — can he — but it will be enthralling watching him try.

Chance: Bubba Watson is in with a shot

Chance: Bubba Watson is in with a shot

‘Everyone knows this is my favourite
place in golf and it feels a little bizarre to be leading but I just
feel young again when I come here,’ said the oldest player to lead at
the half-way stage.

'It was a truly magical day.’ It was
that all right, and it was shocking too late on, as Tiger Woods
unravelled on the back nine to finish with a 75 that left him eight
adrift.

Oops: Tiger Woods did not have a good day

Oops: Tiger Woods did not have a good day

With Woods among the later starters,
the most popular spot on a chilly morning was not trampling along with
Couples or even joining Mickelson but marching with McIlroy.

All these years after Arnie’s Army
came Rory’s Regiment and rather appropriately for such a crowd-pleaser
he was dressed in an outer jacket of Tiger-red.

Ninety degrees on Monday, it was
barely 45 when he stepped on to the first tee yesterday. Outside the
ropes his father Gerry felt his driving had been a touch awry on the
first day and here again McIlroy’s long game early on was a little short
of the trademark smoothness to which we have become accustomed.

Rise: Jason Dufner is joint leader overnight

Rise: Jason Dufner is joint leader overnight

Thanks to his own work ethic and the
input of short game coach Dave Stockton, McIlroy has far more weapons
these days than a stupendous long game. Whatever happened to the kid who
couldn’t hole a putt in last year’s tournament

Here, from the second, he enjoyed a
wonderful run of six single putts in a row. Most were of decent length,
too. Three were for pars, three for birdies as the 22-year-old built on
the momentum established in the evening shadows the previous day when he
had finished birdie, birdie.

Hot form: Phil Mickelson strolls under the sun on a good day for him

Hot form: Phil Mickelson strolls under the sun on a good day for him

It had felt like a warning to everyone else at the time, and it became even more so as he continued his charge into contention.

‘It definitely gave me a positive outlook,’ he confirmed.

McIlroy reached the turn in 33 strokes. The inward half was more prosaic but, one year on from his Masters meltdown, the man who has finished in the top five in 12 of his last 13 events is right where he needs to be once more.

Like Westwood, Garcia carries the scars from major near misses into this weekend and you can only wish him well as he tries to get over the finishing line once more.

Let's go: Westwood hits a tee shot on the 14th

Let's go: Westwood hits a tee shot on the 14th

Totting up: Sergio Garcia marks his scorecard on the 18th

Totting up: Sergio Garcia marks his scorecard on the 18th

His putting woes have been
well-documented and you fear for the 31-year-old Spaniard on these slick
greens under the ultimate pressure. But this was not the day to worry,
not after a marvellous demonstration of ball-striking in a fine 68.

Then there was the indomitable Mickelson, who stood four over par after 10 holes on Thursday after losing a ball. Now he has fought back so well he will be the man the Europeans might fear most this weekend, with his awesome record of three wins and eight other top seven finishes here to sustain him.

Up there: Fred Couples (right) shakes hands with Ryo Ishikawa

Up there: Fred Couples (right) shakes hands with Ryo Ishikawa

As on the first day he came up with a
grandstand finish, holing a long bomb for a birdie at the last to the
obvious rapture of the patrons. ‘Given where I was after 10 holes
yesterday, it feels terrific to be so close to the lead,’ he said.

Lawrie’s round was meandering nowhere until an unlikely holed 55ft birdie putt at the 16th sparked an improbable finish that has brought him back into the mix. ‘I’m not going to get too ahead of myself, just try and enjoy it over the weekend and see what happens,’ said the 1999 Open champion.

Bridge view: Miguel Angel Jimenez hits a shot from the fairway on the 13th hole

Bridge view: Miguel Angel Jimenez hits a shot from the fairway on the 13th hole

Ian Poulter’s second successive 72
has left him five back — alongside Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington —
and featured one of the finest shots he has ever played. It came at the
par-five 13th and was Seve-good. After going through the back of this
green into the woodland, Poulter found himself taking his stance either
side of a small azalea bush, with the ball partly buried.

With his backswing restricted the fear was the flamboyant one wouldn’t advance the ball at all, or thin it across the green and back into Rae’s Creek.

Loft: Garcia goes for a chip to the 18th green

Loft: Garcia goes for a chip to the 18th green

The worries faded thanks to a dazzling moment of short game magic that saw the ball finish 4ft from the hole. Poulter responded to the roars emanating from the crowd, acknowledging them with a series of fist pumps before taking a deserved bow. When he knocked in the putt for a birdie four he was two under par.

A poor tee shot at the 16th undid the heroics, however, as his ball found the water for an ugly double bogey. It has left him with an outside tilt at the title.

Struggle: After a bad first round, the second did not get a lot better

Struggle: After a bad first round, the second did not get a lot better


Masters 2012: Second round leaderboard

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Masters 2012: Live coverage of day one

THE MASTERS LIVE: All the action as it happens on day one at Augusta National

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The waiting is over, the Masters is here and we'll make sure you don't miss a thing between now and Sunday night.

The 76th renewal of golf's most prestigious tournament is one of the most eagerly-anticipated in recent memory with a host of the world's best players at the very top of their game.

Tiger Woods is the bookies' favourite after clinching a first win since 2009 at Bay Hill while Rory McIlroy, who collapsed so spectacularly in the final round 12 months ago, is just behind the four-time champion in the betting.

Suits you sir: Phil Mickelson presents Charl Schwartzel with the green jacket after the South African's victory last year

Suits you sir: Phil Mickelson presents Charl Schwartzel with the green jacket after the South African's victory last year

World No 1 Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell will all fancy their chances of taking the green jacket back across the pond while Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Keegan Bradley join Woods at the head of the American charge.

South African Charl Schwartzel is the defending champion and the South African will fancy his chances.

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