Jamie’s a Euro star

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - MIKE GLENDIN­NING

JAMIE Donaldson hit the shot of his life to win the Ry­der Cup on an amaz­ing de­but in the Europe team.

In his rookie out­ing, Ma c c l e s f i e l d - b a s e d Donaldson backed up his two points in the four­somes with a sim­ply bril­liant ap­proach shot at the 15th to force op­po­nent Kee­gan Bradley to con­cede.

Vic­tory in that 10th sin­gles match sig­nalled that the trophy was to re­main Euro­pean prop­erty, thanks in no small part to Donaldson, whose first ap­pear­ance in the his­toric event came at the age of 38.

As Bradley ac­cepted his fate and a 4&3 de­feat, USA cap­tain Tom Wat­son was among the first to con­grat­u­late Donaldson on his won­der­ful week­end, cul­mi­nat­ing with his wedge shot that fin­ished inches from its tar­get and clinched the point that got them over the line.

“I knew the crowd was gath­er­ing,” said Donaldson. “I knew things were com­ing down to my game. I was just try­ing to win my point.

“And it was the shot of my life.

“It’s hard to de­scribe how good it is,” said Donaldson. “There’s noth­ing else like it in golf. It’s just a to­tal one-off.

“It’s just a huge, huge thing, and it’s just been amaz­ing to be a part of it.

“It was pretty spe­cial, the fact it came down to me, you dream of th­ese things.” For more turn to pages 3 and 65

●● Jamie Donaldson with the cher­ished Ry­der Cup after his win over Kee­gan Bradley en­sured Europe would keep the trophy for another two years

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