Unheralded Donaldson earns clinching point for Euros

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Jamie Donaldson celebrates after earning the clinching point at the 2014 Ryder Cup. (Getty)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – In a week in which Europe once again came together as a team, it was only fitting that one of its least heralded players clinched the winning point to keep the Ryder Cup.

Leading 4 up, Jamie Donaldson made a par to halve the 14th hole and clinch a half-point in his match against Keegan Bradley, which would get Europe to 14 total points – enough to retain the trophy.

He didn’t know it, though. And so on the 15th, thinking the result was still in doubt, Donaldson hit an approach shot to within a foot of the hole that was conceded for a birdie and match victory.

“Can't really put words to it. It's unbelievable,” Donaldson said. “Obviously I knew it was all getting tight there at the end, and everybody was obviously building at my group. I was just trying to not spend too much time looking at the scoreboard and just concentrate on my match and that's what I did, and was able to do it well enough to close it out.”

For the week, Donaldson finished 3-1-0 in his first Ryder Cup appearance.