Ryder Cup: Jamie Donaldson ready for debut - Ian Woosnam

Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam, 56, won the Ryder Cup four times as a player and once as captain
Ryder Cup, Gleneagles
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Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam says debutant Jamie Donaldson will thrive under the pressure when Europe face the USA at Gleneagles.

Welshman Donaldson, 38, secured his place in Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup team by winning the Czech Masters in Prague in August.

Compatriot Woosnam played in eight Ryder Cups and he says Donaldson has what it takes.

"He's got the game and the bottle to go with everything," said Woosnam.

"His game has improved over the last three years immensely.

"He's in the team now, all the hard work has been done. It's a lifetime dream for any player in the Ryder Cup.

"We tell all our first-timers to enjoy the experience, take it all in and to do the best you possibly can."

Europe's Ryder Cup team
Qualified automatically via European points list: Rory McIlroy (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
Qualified automatically via World points list: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Graeme McDowell (NI)
Wildcard picks: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Ian Poulter (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng)

The Ryder Cup takes place at Gleneagles in Scotland from 26-28 September.

Donaldson will become the seventh Welshman to play in the event after Woosnam, Dai Rees, Bert Hodson, Dave Thomas, Brian Huggett, and Phillip Price.

Europe are targeting a third-successive Ryder Cup victory after winning at the Celtic Manor in 2010 and in Chicago in 2012.

Ian Woosnam
Born 2 March 1958
29 European Tour wins
Four Senior Tour wins
Topped European Tour Order of Merit in 1987, 1990
Masters champions in 1991
Played in eight Ryder Cups for Europe (winning in 1985, 1987, 1995, 1997)
Captained Europe to Ryder Cup victory in 2006

Woosnam, who captained Europe to victory in 2006, says there is no doubt that the home team should beat the USA once again.

"They're going to be a stronger team," said the 56-year-old.

"They're most probably going to be the favourites.

"But the Americans are underdogs and they could perform better.

"It will be interesting to see what happens."

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