The Irish Open

Jamie Donaldson wins Irish Open by 4 shots


 

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) Jamie Donaldson of Wales won his first European Tour title by shooting a 6-under 66 to clinch a four-stroke victory at the Irish Open on Sunday.

Beginning the fourth round with a one-shot lead, Donaldson birdied five of his last seven holes to shoot a fourth straight round in the 60s to total 18-under 270 and end an 11-year trophy drought that covered 255 tournaments.

``It feels a bit surreal, to be honest,'' said Donaldson, who topped a strong field that included home favorites Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington.

``I didn't look at the leaderboard all day. I just felt really good out there. It's just been a case of keeping going. I knew that what I was doing was right.''

On a day of low scoring in calm conditions on the County Antrim links course, Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay also shot a 66 to finish tied for second with Anthony Wall (69), who played in the final group with Donaldson.

Mikael Lundberg of Sweden shot a 65 for the lowest round of the week.

The victory, sealed with a 25-foot birdie on the last hole, ended a wild week for Donaldson.

He started it by making the British Open by shooting a round of 62 in qualifying Monday before parting company with his caddie of five years on Tuesday. Two days later he made his first hole in one on tour.

``We haven't actually talked about fees,'' Donaldson said of his new caddie. ``That could be interesting.''

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