• Czech Masters

Donaldson begins Ryder Cup push with 66

ESPN staff
August 21, 2014
Jamie Donaldson is focused on the Ryder Cup © Getty Images

Jamie Donaldson shot a six-under 66 on Thursday to take first-round lead at the Czech Masters and boost his chances of securing a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.

Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman produced two straight birdies on his last two holes to top the leaderboard. He made a total of eight birdies and two bogeys at the Albatross Golf course near Prague.

Donaldson is currently eighth out of nine qualifying spots for next month's Ryder Cup but still needs a combined £24,000 from this week and next week in Italy to guarantee a place in Paul McGinley's team at Gleneagles.

Sweden's Mikael Lundberg was one stroke back in second place, with a group of 10 players carding 68.

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