FJ ambassador Jamie Donaldson clinched his maiden European Tour title at the 255th time of asking as he shot 18 under to win The Irish Open at Royal Portrush. The Welshman produced eight birdies in his final round to fend off challenger and fellow FJ loyalist Rafa Cabrera-Bello winning emphatically by four shots, to delight the 112,280 spectators who flocked to Northern Ireland.
Things started off well on Thursday for Donaldson by carding his first hole in one while being a European Tour professional “To have a hole in one the first time in a tournament, and to win it, as well, is very special”
In the final round Donaldson was confidently walking the famed links in the superior comfort, performance and style of his FootJoy ICON golf shoes
and trusting the unrivalled fit and grip of the FootJoy StaSof glove
, Donaldson reeled-off an impressive 8 birdies to complete a round of 66.
Donaldson did drop shots at the 11th and 16th, but squeezed four birdies into the back nine to remain at the leaderboard’s summit. But, with his nearest competitiors back in the clubhouse, Donaldson remained undeterred at the end with a marvellous second shot on the par five 17th setting him up for another birdie.
He held a two-shot lead over his nearest rival going into the last and was able to lap up the applause once his drive had found the fairway from the tee.
Donaldson kept his focus throughout the final round and admitted he kept away from how things were transpiring around him. “I didn't really look at any leaderboards on the way around,” he said. “I didn't really know what was going on.”
Donaldson kept up this great performance for all four days by wearing FootJoy Icon Golf Shoes
and FootJoy StaSof Golf Gloves
He finished in style by rolling in his birdie putt to finish with 66, the best of his four rounds. Donaldson claimed the €333,330 prize, This maiden win has just moved him inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 116th.
commented Russell Lawes, European Marketing Manager – FootJoy. “Our congratulations go to Jamie on a spectacular performance and thoroughly deserved win, which I have no doubt will propel him on to greater things in the near future.”
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