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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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'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.
Aug 26th 2018, 10:32 PM 8,789 9

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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