Donaldson recreates Ryder Cup magic moment

MACCLESFIELD’S Jamie Donaldson paid a return visit to the Gleneagles Hotel’s PGA Centenary Course today  to unveil a commemorative plaque marking his winning Ryder Cup shot.

JAMIE DONALDSON: Plaque marks the spot

JAMIE DONALDSON: Plaque marks the spot

Donaldson, who became the seventh Welshman in history to play in the Ryder Cup after qualifying for Paul McGinley’s 2014 team, took the opportunity to walk the 15th hole and try to recreate his winning shot – a 146 yard wedge which landed 18 inches from the pin – in front of an audience of golf fans.

His resulting birdie putt was conceded by opponent Keegan Bradley to give him a 4 and 3 victory and see Europe over the winning line on their way to an eventual 16 ½ – 11 ½ triumph.

Bernard Murphy, Gleneagles’ managing director, commented: “It’s hard to believe that seven months have passed since Jamie hit that shot and secured a European victory. Being part of such a memorable and exciting Ryder Cup is something which everyone at Gleneagles will treasure, and we’re grateful to Jamie for coming back to help us create a lasting reminder of a momentous week. Perhaps it will provide a little inspiration for those who follow in his footsteps playing The PGA Centenary Course this summer.”

Richard Hills, Ryder Cup director at the European Tour, added: “There were many special memories for everyone connected with Ryder Cup Europe during the week on the PGA Centenary Course, but Jamie’s shot into the 15th hole which ultimately sealed the victory clearly stood out for us all, and I’m delighted to be back here with him today to celebrate that moment.

Donaldson, who also won the 2014 European Tour Shot of the Year for the wedge approach, said: “I’ll definitely never get tired of talking about that shot. It was such an amazing moment for me, but more importantly for the team. Everyone had put so much effort into that week, so it was nice to get our just rewards at the end of it. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better finale.”

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