Jamie facing a fight for his spot
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.
●● Jamie Donaldson hits a tee shot during the third round of the US PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club