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Jamie Donaldson wins the Czech Masters

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson shot a fourth round four-under par 68 to win the Czech Masters by two shots.

The win is Donaldson's third European Tour Title in his career as he saw off the challenge of compatriot Bradley Dredge.

The triumph also means that the 38-year old has secured his place in the European Ryder Cup team for next months event at Gleneagles in which he will make his cup debut.

Top seven finished required

Donaldson needed a top seven finish to guarantee his place in Paul McGinley's team but went one better by seeing off the challenges of Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Dredge.

Donaldson began the day two shots behind overnight leader Dredge but the latter could only manage to card an even par 72. Donaldson's four-under par saw him leapfrog his countryman to finish on 14-under for the tournament.

He started the final day with three straight birdies to give him the lead but after a bogey at the fourth, Kjeldsen took over.

The lead changed hands between the two players throughout the day but a birdie at the 10th for Donaldson after two Kjeldsen bogeys was the defining moment. The Welshman could even afford a bogey on the 17th as he eventually eased to victory.

Donaldson delighted

Donaldson knew what was required to ensure a place in the Ryder Cup team and was pleased that he managed to seal victory.

“This is big – it’s been an amazing week,” said Donaldson.

“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 this week I played really well, so that’s great, he said.

He also spoke of his delight at making it into the Ryder Cup squad and is looking forward to making his first appearance in the event because he knows how difficult it is to qualify for a place.

"It’s so difficult to get into the team, the lads are playing so well. 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," Donaldson said.

Welsh 1-2

It was the first time there has been a Welsh 1-2 on the European Tour with Dredge still looking for his first victory since his last Tour victory in 2006.

It was the second consecutive week that Dredge has finished runner up after he finished on 12-under for the tournament. However, the two-time European Tour winner has earnt $277,700 Euros over the past fortnight meaning he will regain his Tour card that he lost in 2012.

Meanwhile another Ryder Cup hopeful Stephen Gallacher finished in a tie for seventh as the Scot aims to compete in the event on home soil.

English duo Eddie Pepperell and Tommy Fleetwood finished in a tie for fifth, one stroke ahead of fellow Englishman Sam Walker and Gallacher.

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