Jamie Donaldson rues missed opportunity at Wales Open

Jamie Donaldson
Donaldson was the highest placed Welshman at Celtic Manor

Jamie Donaldson has admitted he could have done much better on the final day of the Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

Donaldson finished on four under par in joint-eighth, the best placed of the 10 Welshman, and five shots adrift of winner Alex Noren in Newport.

Donaldson had started the final day on six under, two shots behind overnight leader Noren of Sweden.

"[It was a] poor day overall. There's nothing really more to describe it," Donaldson told BBC Sport Wales.

"The finish was pretty good again but the start was slow on a day which was there for the taking.

"The conditions were pretty good [and] it's the easiest day out of the four and we didn't play well enough to capitalise on any decent shots to make enough birdies."

Despite his frustration with his final day Donaldson said he was happy with his overall performance at Celtic Manor.

"It's been a good week. I would have probably taken it at the start," added the Pontypridd-born golfer.

"If you'd have said eighth at the start of the week then you would have said 'yes, good position'.

"We were in a really strong position yesterday [Saturday] and we didn't play well enough today [Sunday]."

Donaldson's eighth place at the Celtic Manor was his third top 10 placing in his last four tournaments.

And the 35-year-old said he was happy with his game as he attempts to qualify for next month's Open Championship at Royal St George's.

He will be one of four Welshman along with Stuart Manley, Bradley Dredge and Philip Price at the Open qualifier at Sunningdale on Monday.

"If I keep playing well, we'll easily qualify," said Donaldson.

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