Donaldson steals 2012 Irish Open thunder

Donaldson maiden win

WELSHMAN Jamie Donaldson has stolen the thunder from the local stars in a wet and wild 2012 Irish Open.

The 36 year old shot 18-under to clinch his maiden European Tour title at his 255th attempt at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

He produced eight birdies in his final 6-under round of 66 to beat England’s Anthony Wall (69), Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello (66) and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti (66) by four shots.

Padraig Harrington looked to be Ireland’s best chance but finished with a 70 to be 12-under tied for 12th.

Northern Ireland’s best was Rory McIlroy who saved his best for last with a 67 putting him at 11-under tied for 10th.

Fellow US Open winner Graeme McDowell (66) was a stroke further back at T16.

Australian Matthew Zions finished in a share of 18th spot on nine-under.

Some 112,280 spectators flocked to the event, the first Irish Open in Northern Ireland since 1953 and the first complete sell-out of a regular European Tour event.

Northern Irishman Michael Hoey (70), who finished on 7-under tied for 28, praised the spectators, commenting: “All of the players are saying this is by far the best tournament they have been to crowd-wise.”

2012 Irish Open Final Leaderboard
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