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'I don't feel like I lost it, Andrea won it for sure' - Harrington heaps praise on Pavan following battle in Prague

The Dubliner lost out in his quest at the Czech Masters to Italy’s Andrea Pavan on Sunday.

The Dubliner was upbeat following a brilliant display at the Czech Masters.
The Dubliner was upbeat following a brilliant display at the Czech Masters.
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PADRAIG HARRINGTON HEAPED praise on Andrea Pavan following the Italian’s victory at the Czech Masters on Sunday, where the Dubliner came close to securing a first tour victory in almost two years.

The pair were tied for the lead heading into the final day, however Harrington’s three-stroke advantage fell away on the back nine as Pavan took advantage, soaring to victory in a five-under par 67.

“It was a good contest, no doubt about it,” Harrington said.

“I obviously don’t feel like I lost it, Andrea won it for sure. He played great coming home and holed the decisive putts. I get my fair share of wins but it wasn’t my day today.

“I don’t feel I have an issue playing against these younger guys, I feel I can certainly keep up with them and I have some good things in my own game. Even from a week like this, you learn more when you get in contention.”

The 46-year-old lost his PGA tour card for 2019 last week, but remained optimistic following his performance in Prague which saw the three-time Major winner finish two strokes off the lead on 20 under.

“I’m seeing things about my game that I can improve and work on,” he said.

“I’m in a nice place, I just have to keep doing the good stuff and hopefully there’ll be more tournaments like this ahead.”

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