Ryder Cup 2014: Jamie Donaldson pleased with first win

Jamie Donaldson at the Ryder Cup
2014 Ryder Cup on the BBC
Venue: Gleneagles, Scotland Dates: 26-28 September Start times: 07:35 and 13:15 BST on Friday and Saturday and 11:36 BST on Sunday.
Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, online, tablets, mobiles and BBC Sport app. Highlights on BBC Two.

Ryder Cup debutant Jamie Donaldson says he is delighted to have won Europe's first foursomes point with playing partner Lee Westwood.

The pair beat Americans Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar by two holes to help Paul McGinley's side into a 5-3 lead going into the second day at Gleneagles.

Europe were down 2½-1½ after the morning fourballs but won 3½ points out of four in the afternoon foursomes.

"It was an awesome experience," said Pontypridd-born Donaldson.

"We played against really quality opposition and they didn't give us one hole.

"It's come down to the last [hole]...and I've hit the drive of my life."

Donaldson, 38, and Westwood, playing in his ninth Ryder Cup, sat out the first session before fighting back from an early one-hole deficit in the afternoon.

The pair lost the third but were all-square with a birdie on the short sixth and stayed ahead until the end after winning the seventh with a par.

Westwood was full of praise for his playing partner: "I have as much fun playing as I do watching someone take to it like a duck to water."

Friday's foursomes (Europe first)
Jamie Donaldson & Lee Westwood won 2up Jim Furyk & Matt Kuchar
Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson won 2&1 Hunter Mahan & Zach Johnson
Rory McIlroy & Sergio Garcia halved Jimmy Walker & Rickie Fowler
Victor Dubuisson & Graeme McDowell won 3&2 Phil Mickelson & Keegan Bradley

Donaldson secured an automatic place on Europe's team by winning the Czech Masters, one of his three wins on the European Tour during 2014.

Despite his good form, he admits little can prepare a golfer for the tension of the Ryder Cup.

"There's so much pressure involved and it's such a big occasion, there's really nothing that can get you ready for this," said Donaldson.

"That first tee is like a sudden death play-off in a major - it feels like there's 20,000 people on one hole. It's incredible.

"It's quite surreal, it's like playing in a football stadium on every hole."

Donaldson and Westwood return to action at 07:50 on Saturday morning for the fourballs against Furyk and Hunter Mahan.

Friday's fourballs (Europe first)
Justin Rose & Henrik Stenson won 5&4 v Bubba Watson & Webb Simpson
Thomas Bjorn & Martin Kaymer A/S Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker
Stephen Gallacher & Ian Poulter lost 5&4 to Jordan Spieth & Patrick Reed
Sergio Garcia & Rory McIlroy lost 1down v Keegan Bradley & Phil Mickelson

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson were the star partnership for Europe on day one with a 5&4 fourball victory against Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, and a 2&1 foursomes win over Mahan and Zach Johnson.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia lost their morning fourball with a narrow last-hole defeat to Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, but forced a crucial half on the final hole against Rickie Fowler and US debutant Jimmy Walker.

Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson ended Mickelson and Bradley's run of four straight wins with a 3&2 victory.

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