CHONBURI, Thailand – Jamie Donaldson leads the Thailand Championship into the weekend by two shots over Martin Kaymer after the second round on Friday. Donaldson carded a 4-under-par 68 to lie at 13 under in the Asian Tour event at Amata Spring Country Club. Kaymer, the runner-up last year, had eight birdies against a single bogey on the 14th hole, for a second-round 65 and two-day total at 11 under. Former champion Sergio Garcia featured in a three-man group tied for third at 9 under. Donaldson started on the back nine and made four birdies, but ran into trouble on the front nine with three birdies and three bogeys. ”You need to keep the momentum going and I managed to do that today,” he said. ”It was a great temperature at the start of the day but it got really hot on my back nine which is the front nine.” Kaymer thought his round was an improvement on Thursday, but merely solid. ”There wasn’t really any highlight for me,” he said. ”I just hit good iron shots towards the greens, and gave myself a lot of good chances for birdies. I didn’t miss many putts.” Garcia also struggled in the heat on his back nine and shot a 69, to tie with Matthew Fitzpatrick of England (67), and Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand (69). Defending champion Lee Westwood improved with a 68 after his opening 71, to be eight shots behind Donaldson. Bubba Watson (70) is 10 back and tied for 28th.
KNOXVILLE — Another offseason might very well bring another new contract for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones.Jones and athletics director Dave Hart have discussed a possible extension and raise for the third-year coach, Hart said at a Tuesday news conference.“It’s so critical for us to have stability,” Hart said. “As you all know … we went through a period of time with far too much transition. No program can get traction with that kind of transition. I’m very pleased now, very comfortable, that we are in, for the first time in a long time, a stable environment.”Butch Jones, right, and UT athletics director Dave Hart have discussed a possible contract extension for Jones.Almost exactly one year ago, Jones was given a two-year contract extension worth $3.6 million per year, making him under contract through 2020. Previously, Jones had been making $2.96 million annually.Hart did not disclose the possible terms of a potential new contract. He said a new deal has been necessitated by the circumstances around the SEC and college football in general.“We’re in a market-driven industry,” Hart said. “We’re driven by the marketplace. This conference has set the pace relative to what that marketplace looks like.”Jones is the 23rd highest-paid coach in college football, according to salary date compiled by USA TODAY. Eleven of the coaches who earn more coach in the SEC.The negotiations come during a time of turmoil for several other SEC East programs. On Sunday Georgia relieved longtime head coach Mark Richt of his duties. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is resigning because of health problems. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier resigned in the middle of the season.Jones expressed dismay over Richt’s firing, echoing sentiments from Alabama head coach Nick Saban earlier in the week. Richt went 145-31 in 15 seasons at Georgia.“I’m concerned about the path we’re heading down,” Jones said.Tennessee still has the conference’s lowest financial reserves, according to Hart, with approximately $10 million in funding.Jones is 20-17 in three seasons at Tennessee with a 10-14 record in the SEC. On Sunday the Vols, who finished 8-4, will learn which bowl game they will play in this season.Hart pointed to the Vols’ 38-31 comeback win over Georgia in October, which began a 6-1 finish for Tennessee, as the program’s turning point.“Without question, that’s when this team took a giant step forward,” Hart said. “If the culture isn’t what it is, what Butch has developed, that would not have occurred.”Jones was asked Tuesday whether he would have interest in another head coaching job if it came with a higher salary. He responded by saying Knoxville is now home for his family.“Tennessee,” Jones said, “is the place I want to be.”Reach Matt Slovin at [email protected] or on Twitter @MattSlovin.5 most likely bowl games for Vols