PGA honours Ryder Cup ace Donaldson

X during the PGA lunch on December 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.PUTT IT THERE! Jamie Donaldson receives his award from Sandy Jones

MACCLESFIELD’S Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson received a PGA recognition award for his outstanding contribution to golf at the annual fundraising lunch at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

The 41-year-old, who claimed the winning point for Europe in the 2014 matches against the United States, was the guest of honour at the event in aid of the PGA Benevolent Fund.

Donaldson will be forever remembered for sparking jubilant celebrations with a sublime nine iron to within inches of the flag on the 15th of the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles defeat Keegan Bradley 4&3 in the singles two years ago.

It capped a career highlight to date for the Welshman, who was playing off a seven handicap at aged 16 but climbed through the amateur and professional ranks on the back of hard work and dedication.

Along the way he has overcome a career threatening injury and landed the biggest win of his career at the 2013 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, holding off Justin Rose and Thorbjørn Olesen to win by one shot.

The Abu Dhabi triumph came only six months after he broke his European Tour duck with victory in the 2012 Irish Open, where he fired a stunning 66 to win by four strokes at Royal Portrush.

He also won the Thailand Golf Championship at the end of 2014 while he notched three Challenge Tour victories to his name as he was coming through the ranks.

PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said: “Few people will forget that winning shot to clinch the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It was a fantastic moment but was richly deserved for all the hard work and dedication Jamie has shown over the years which has seen him rise to the highest levels of the game both as a top amateur and professional.”

 

X during the PGA lunch on December 2, 2016 in Manchester, England.

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