Jamie’s a Euro star
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