Donaldson ends drought, wins Irish Open

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iol spt jul1 Jamie Donaldson

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Welshman Jamie Donaldson ended a 10-year winless drought to capture a maiden European Tour victory with success in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush on Sunday.

Donaldson, 36, shot a final round 66 to win by four strokes with an 18-under par tally.

Three players, England's Anthony Wall (69), Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello (66) and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti (66) shared second place on 14-under par.

Donaldson also becomes the third Welshman to capture the Irish Open after Ian Woosnam (1988, 1989) and Stephen Dodd (2005).

The Pontypridd-born Donaldson collected a first prize cheque of 333,330 euros and nearly 200,000 euros more than his prior best cash prize.

World number two Rory McIlroy shot a last day 67 to share 10th place on 11-under par.– Sapa-AFP


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