Jamie fac­ing a fight for his spot

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GOLF

JAMIE Don­ald­son is gear­ing up for a three-way scrap to make Paul McGin­ley’s Ry­der Cup team.

The Mac­cles­field-based star is hop­ing he can fend off two pre­vi­ous he­roes of the Euro­pean team by fin­ish­ing well in the forth­com­ing events.

Two places re­main up for grabs and while Don­ald­son, 38, had looked a shoe-in to be tee­ing off at Gle­nea­gles next month, he’s fac­ing an almighty bat­tle to deny ei­ther Graeme McDow­ell or Luke Don­ald a spot in the team.

A strong end to 2013 – fol­lowed by sim­i­lar form in the early reaches of this year – saw him vir­tu­ally book his place but last week­end’s fi­nal-round of 71 at the US PGA in Ken­tucky meant a tie for 24th place. Don­ald was join­t41st and McDow­ell fur­ther back in 47th.

All of which means the trio are fac­ing a fight for two places based on the world points list.

Don­ald­son had re­lo­cated from his Mac­cles­field home for an Or­lando base but will now head back to play in the fi­nal two qual­i­fy­ing events on the Euro­pean Tour, the Czech Mas­ters in Prague and the Ital­ian Open in Torino.

With around 2.5mil­lion eu­ros in prize money on of­fer in those tour­na­ments, a top-10 fin­ish in ei­ther would most likely guar­an­tee Don­ald­son a place via a high fin­ish in the Euro­pean rank­ings.

Getty Im­ages / An­drew Redington

●● Jamie Don­ald­son hits a tee shot dur­ing the third round of the US PGA Cham­pi­onship at Val­halla Golf Club

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