Gleneagles glee as Czech success books Jamie’s place
JAMIE Donaldson has booked his place in the European team at this year’s Ryder Cup with victory in the Czech Masters.
The Macclesfield-based star held off the challenge of Bradley Dredge to scoop a 166,660 euro prize and qualify via the European list.
The 38-year-old hit six birdies and carded a four-under-par 68 to reverse a two-shot deficit behind Dredge and secure his third European Tour title by two shots.
At the start of the week he needed 30,000 euros from the Prague tournament and next week’s Italian Open to ensure he’ll tee off at Gleneagles.
Donaldson was in a strong position to do that anyway and occupied the eighth of nine automatic spots, but his victory means he no longer has to worry about the likes of Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher breathing down his neck.
“This is big – it’s been an amazing week,” he said.
“I needed to play well either this week or next week, or both, to guarantee my place so there was a lot on the line and this week I played really well, so that’s great.
“I’m just really happy to seal it.
“It’s so difficult to get into the team, the lads are playing so well.
“You know that you have to play well to secure your place and it did come down to the wire.
“But that’s how it is to get into the team.”