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Jamie Donaldson (pictured by Getty Images) confirmed his place at The 2014 Ryder Cup in the most spectacular fashion, as the Welshman claimed his third European Tour title courtesy of a two-shot victory at the inaugural D+D REAL Czech Masters.

The 38 year old carded a four under par final round 68 to overcome his countryman and first round leader Bradley Dredge, finish on a winning total of 14 under and earn a place in Paul McGinley’s European team.

With so much at stake, Donaldson showed the poise and determination of a future Ryder Cup star and raced out of the blocks, starting with three successive birdies before a bogey at the fourth pegged him back to two under for the day, having found the trees from the tee.

He claimed that shot back, however, with a three at the par four sixth hole to reach the turn in three under, before rolling in a putt from 25 feet at the tenth for birdie and capitalising on the final par five, the 13th, for another gain.

A bogey at the tricky 17th hole did not prove costly for Donaldson as Dredge also ran up a five after driving into the water hazard and a par at the sealed the title and a place at Gleneagles.

Key player quotes

Jamie Donaldson, 66-69-71-68 (-14)

“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 I had to play well and this week I played really well, so that’s great.

“Winning is everything, wins shoot you up world rankings, The Race To Dubai, all sorts. It’s massive, very important, those three last holes coming in there were really tough with the wind blowing, so I’m just really happy to seal it.

“I felt pretty good after yesterday, I’ve had a lot of birdies here all week. Like I said I’ve dropped too many shots, which stopped me from moving away a little bit, so today everything came together. I had a great start first three holes and felt very relaxed. I just had to slow things down, take my time and allow myself to play good shots all the time, as supposed to some of the time – and that went my way and worked well and enabled me to win.

“It’s so difficult to get into the team, the lads are playing so well. I played a couple of weeks there in

Germany and France, and then I should’ve maybe taken a week off and didn’t, I went to Scotland thinking I was playing well, and then when I got there I wasn’t at the races. The form then followed on and I was a bit tied, didn’t play well at The Open.

“Suddenly you’ve missed two cuts at two big events and slipped down the Rankings a bit, and it’s all to play for. 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. I played as well as I can play for 18 months, and then a couple of slow events and you rocket down the list, so it’s great to come here and play so well and do enough to get into the team.”

Bradley Dredge, 68-70-66-72 (-12)

“I have mixed feelings because again there was the chance to win there, I had a two-shot lead going into the last round. Both the guys got off to great starts today and I played nicely, but just didn’t putt as well today. I missed a few from five or six feet, and you’ve got to make those.

“I’ve been making them over the last couple of weeks, but as I say just got off to a slow start and left myself with a lot to do.

“I felt as though my par putt at 11 changed things. Chipping in at 14 I thought I had a chance, I just needed some better shots into the greens. I was two behind with two to play, but then I thought I hit a perfect drive on 17 and it was in the water – that was a killer.

“I hit a good three-wood off the tee, and it’s not an easy second shot into that green. So I was trying to keep the pressure on and try to force the other guys into mistakes, but to be fair to Jamie he played great and I’m pleased he’s secured his place in The Ryder Cup.

“It’s been a great two weeks in terms of two second places. Two firsts would’ve been better, and I’m slightly disappointed I didn’t win one, but I’ll have a few more chance before the end of the year, and see how that goes.

“I was chatting to Jamie out there and the last time I played with him was a couple of years ago, and he’s always had a bit of shape on the ball from right to left and he’s got rid of it.

“Whatever he’s doing, he’s hitting it fantastic. He was playing great before and you can see why he’s so high on the world rankings, and obviously this is going to move him up even further.”

Golf Results:

274 J Donaldson (Wal) 66 69 71 68,
276 B Dredge (Wal) 68 70 66 72,
277 S Kjeldsen (Den) 68 70 68 71, M Bremner (RSA) 70 68 70 69,
280 T Fleetwood (Eng) 72 65 73 70, E Pepperell (Eng) 70 72 71 67,
281 S Gallacher (Sco) 70 67 71 73, S Walker (Eng) 69 71 70 71,
282 S Jamieson (Sco) 71 73 74 64, J Heath (Eng) 73 70 71 68, G Porteous (Eng) 70 67 72 73, P Hedblom (Swe) 70 68 73 71,
283 D Willett (Eng) 68 75 72 68, K Ferrie (Eng) 68 71 71 73, M Baldwin (Eng) 72 71 67 73, C Lee (Sco) 69 71 71 72, J Colomo (Esp) 69 71 71 72, J Morrison (Eng) 70 68 72 73,
284 T Sluiter (Ned) 69 73 70 72, P Uihlein (USA) 70 73 72 69, D Lipsky (USA) 69 71 69 75, P Waring (Eng) 68 71 70 75,
285 F Aguilar (Chi) 73 71 70 71, G Bourdy (Fra) 69 67 71 78, K Phelan (Irl) 72 69 73 71, S Manley (Wal) 71 72 74 68, P Lawrie (Sco) 70 70 71 74, R Karlberg (Swe) 70 72 68 75, D Huizing (Ned) 69 74 70 72,
286 J Hansen (Den) 70 69 72 75, Z Scotland (Eng) 74 70 69 73, T Hatton (Eng) 70 73 71 72, A Otaegui (Esp) 70 70 72 74, E Dubois (Fra) 71 73 70 72, L Slattery (Eng) 68 69 77 72, D Stewart (Sco) 70 69 74 73, M Lundberg (Swe) 67 76 68 75, P Archer (Eng) 69 72 71 74,
287 F Calmels (Fra) 70 72 70 75, A Wall (Eng) 72 72 71 72, T Lewis (Eng) 74 70 73 70, G Stal (Fra) 71 73 72 71, O Stark (Swe) 71 67 76 73, A Pavan (Ita) 72 70 69 76, A Saddier (Fra) 71 72 70 74, T Lee (USA) 72 68 72 75, S Chowrasia (Ind) 68 75 68 76, D Kemmer (USA) 71 70 78 68, S Wakefield (Eng) 70 74 72 71, H Otto (RSA) 70 71 76 70, J Sjöholm (Swe) 74 70 69 74,
288 J Luiten (Ned) 70 71 73 74, A Forsyth (Sco) 73 71 70 74, P Sjöland (Swe) 72 72 71 73, S Kapur (Ind) 71 70 75 72, A Sullivan (Eng) 69 73 69 77, C Hanson (Eng) 74 70 75 69, J Hahn (USA) 68 69 76 75, D McGrane (Irl) 73 70 74 71,
289 F Andersson Hed (Swe) 72 68 75 74, A Hartø (Den) 73 71 69 76, K Horne (RSA) 68 74 74 73, G Boyd (Eng) 72 70 75 72, P Lawrie (Irl) 72 72 73 72, R Kakko (Fin) 70 70 74 75, R Bland (Eng) 71 70 74 74, H Porteous (RSA) 74 70 69 76, N Elvira (Esp) 72 71 70 76,
290 G Bhullar (Ind) 72 71 71 76,
291 D Frittelli (RSA) 72 70 75 74, J Knutzon (USA) 70 71 74 76, E Grillo (Arg) 72 72 73 74, S Kim (Kor) 74 67 73 77, B Evans (Eng) 74 70 76 71,
292 J Doherty (Sco) 73 69 76 74, B Stone (RSA) 71 73 75 73, S Webster (Eng) 70 72 68 82, P Whiteford (Sco) 70 70 72 80,
293 G Maybin (Nir) 72 72 77 72, J Kingston (RSA) 76 68 72 77,
294 M Foster (Eng) 74 69 74 77, J Lagergren (Swe) 71 68 76 79,
295 M Nixon (Eng) 68 74 76 77,
** R Gonzalez (Arg) 74 68 71 RT,

Source: European Tour

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