Donaldson finally claims win
Jamie Donaldson finally won his maiden European Tour title by holding off strong competition at the Irish Open.
The Welshman won by four shots at Royal Portrush over Spain’s Cabrera-Bello, England’s Anthony Wall and Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti who all carded -14.The biggest household name up near the top of the leaderboard was Irishman Padraig Harrington, who finished the tournament on -12.
This was Donaldson’s 255th appearance at a European Tour tournament, and only his first win. What a relief that must be!
After just 100 times of trying – and I say ‘just’ 100 – he must have thought that there was no chance of him eventually getting a title. I know my head would have gone down after years and years of trying but to no avail.
He’s been a pro since he was 24, and hadn’t won any competition in four years, yet he battled on and came away with the top spot at the prestigious Irish Open.
His bank balance won’t be hurting either with a nice cheque for over £265,000.
Northern Ireland’s golden boy, Rory McIlroy could only finish joint 10th on 11 under par, but I wouldn’t complain with 10th place if I was getting over £27,000 for it!
Darren Clarke won’t be terribly happy with his effort, only managing -4 over the course of the tournament and finishing tied 39th.
It’s nice to see a lesser-known name win a big tournament like this, because it mixes things up a bit. He’ll move up the world rankings a bit and start to push for bigger tournaments in order to go for a late flurry of titles as he nears his 40s.