Gle­nea­gles glee as Czech suc­cess books Jamie’s place

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - GOLF

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.”

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