Ryder Cup place is on Jamie Donaldson’s mind

Jamie Donaldson is throwing everything he has at the Czech Masters to secure a spot in the Ryder Cup for Europe this September.

The 38-year-old Welshman is on course to qualify automatically for the European team at Gleneagles, and will play in two events before the team to play the USA is picked, starting with Prague on Thursday.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Donaldson said: "It's in the back of your mind. Things are quite close so I've got to take each week at a time.”

Donaldson showed some great golf ability to overcome Luke Donald, one of his rivals for a spot on the Ryder Cup team, at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla earlier in August, and he believes people are really seeing his potential now as he heads into Prague eager for a performance good enough to secure his place.

"I've got to come here, go out and play well and play to try and win the tournament," said the Titleist and FootJoy golfer.

"It [the Ryder Cup] has been a target for a while but you just ignore it and get on with the things that enable you to play well."

Europe square off with the USA at the Perthshire course from 26-28 September, and they’ll be looking to make it three consecutive victories over their American counterparts, with memories of Medinah and that record comeback in 2012 firmly in the minds of every player.

"The team is hard to get into whether you've been in from the start or you're fighting to get in it now," Donaldson added.

"The team is made up of the best players in Europe so it's never going to be easy whichever angle you're coming at.

"You've just got to keep playing well all year - it's as simple as that."