Ryder Cup 2014: Price praises Jamie Donaldson for sealing place

Jamie Donaldson's victory at the Czech Masters sealed his Ryder Cup spot
Jamie Donaldson's victory at the Czech Masters sealed his Ryder Cup spot

Ryder Cup winner Phillip Price has praised fellow Welshman Jamie Donaldson for sealing his place in this year's European team to face the USA.

Donaldson secured his place in Paul McGinley's team by winning the Czech Masters in Prague.

The 38-year-old will become the first Welshman to play in the Ryder Cup since Price helped Europe to victory in 2002.

"It's fantastic, he's played well all year and it's great he won the Czech Masters to seal his place," Price said.

"I understand McGinley asked him to go and play and he went and won the tournament.

"I did the same thing, I was lying ninth or 10th during the last few weeks where the points list would finish.

"Jamie has been in the same boat so there would have been pressure there every week, people talking about it and obviously you just want to get it done and make the team.

2014 Ryder Cup European automatic selections:
Rory McIlroy
Henrik Stenson
Martin Kaymer
Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson
Justin Rose
Sergio Garcia
Graeme McDowell
Thomas Bjorn

"So for him to deliver tournament wins when the pressure is on is great, because I'm sure he wanted to make the team really badly.

"He's probably got relief at the moment... he's played a lot of tournaments recently as well... so I think a week or two to regroup because he's probably pretty tired by now then preparing himself for the match itself.

Price helped Sam Torrance's team triumph over the USA at The Belfry in 2002, holding his nerve to beat Phil Mickelson in the last-day singles.

"The best advice I would give him is from Darren Clarke who said: 'You're going to be more nervous than you've ever been before, so I want you to be prepared for that'," Price added.

"There's high expectations, the world is watching, you want to perform on the world stage and for your team, so there's a lot of pressure.

"But he's performed so well this last year I think he's ready for that."

Europe captain McGinley will names his three wildcard choices on 3 September for the Ryder Cup, which will be held on 23-28 September.

The nine automatic selections in the Irishman's side are world number one Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Victor Dubuisson, Donaldson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell and Thomas Bjorn.