Welshman Jamie Donaldson fired a fine 4 round total of 14 under par to claim the Czech Masters title on Sunday last, beating fellow compatriot Bradley Dredge into 2nd place. Victory for Donaldson also secured his Ryder Cup debut at Gleneagles next month which is good news for Captain Paul McGinley as the Welshman has been showing superb form of late along with the other 8 likely automatic qualifiers.
While Donaldson fired a 4 under par 68 to claw back a 2 shot deficit in the Final Round, it was another case of so near but yet so far for Dredge, who has finished 2nd in consecutive weeks. His performances of late have been very encouraging, however, and it looks like this Welshman could be getting back to his best as well.
After his tremendous triumph at Albatross Golf Resort, Donaldson remarked:
“This is big – it’s been an amazing week. I didn’t get here until late; I needed to play well either this week or next week, or both, to guarantee my place in The Ryder Cup Team so there was a lot on the line and this week I played really well so that’s great. Winning is everything, wins shoot you up the World Rankings, Race to Dubai, all sorts. It’s massive – those 3 last holes in there were really tough with the wind blowing, so I’m just really happy to seal it“.
It just shows how keyed up Donaldson was to make the Ryder Cup that he was prepared to play in what you could look at as lesser events on the European Tour, events that the other Ryder Cup hopefuls did not choose to tee it up in. Another Ryder Cup possible, Stephen Gallacher, ended up in a tie for 7th with a Final Round 73. The Scotsman will definitely need to put in a superb performance to either sneak into the automatic qualifying spots for Ryder Cup Team Europe or put himself in the frame for a Wildcard Pick.