Jamie’s wedge is top of the shots

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JAMIE Donaldson has won the Euro­pean Tour’s shot of the year award for the wedge shot that clinched the Ry­der Cup for Europe.

The Mac­cles­field-based star had his best year in the game in 2014, not least when he hit a won­drous ap­proach in the Ry­der Cup.

On the 15th hole at Gle­nea­gles, the 39-yearold marked his first ap­pear­ance in the com­pe­ti­tion by se­cur­ing Europe’s vic­tory with a win in his sin­gles match against Kee­gan Bradley.

Though he’d per­formed solidly through­out the week­end, he’d missed a putt to win on the 14th but put that be­hind him with a sec­ond shot at 15, nearly 150 yards from the pin, a shot which came to rest inches from the cup and prompt Bradley to of­fer his hand in de­feat.

“I said at the time I’d just hit the shot of my life, given the cir­cum­stances,” Donaldson said. “I was just telling my­self to stay calm, keep do­ing what I’ve been do­ing and ig­nore what’s go­ing on around. But it’s im­pos­si­ble.

“I hit a great drive down 15, had 146 yards to the pin and it was per­fect for a wedge. When I hit it, I knew. I’ll never get tired of talk­ing about it. It was such an amaz­ing mo­ment.”

The award, de­cided by a pub­lic vote, saw Donaldson re­ceive almost a third of the votes cast.

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It was such an amaz­ing mo­ment

Charl Schwartzel was sec­ond with a re­cov­ery shot, and French­man Vic­tor Dubuis­son – a Ry­der Cup team-mate of Donaldson’s – was third with his es­cape from a tricky lie at the foot of a cac­tus.

Donaldson got his 2015 com­pe­ti­tion play un­der way with joint-ninth in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Cham­pi­onship.

He’d hit a bril­liant 65 on Satur­day but couldn’t follow it up the fol­low­ing day with four birdies and two bo­geys on the front nine but straight pars all the way in to reg­is­ter 70 and fin­ish 13 un­der par and in tied ninth spot.

At the top of the leader­board, Martin Kaymer saw his eight-shot lead dis­si­pate over his last 14 holes, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing third be­hind world num­ber 357 Gary Stal and run­ner-up Rory McIlory.

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●● This stun­ning ap­proach earned Jamie Donaldson the Euro­pean Tour Shot of the Year prize

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