European Tour

D+D REAL Czech Masters 2018

August 23-26

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

€1,000,000

August 23-26

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

€1,000,000

Round 3

Harrington hunting sweet 16th title in Prague

August 25, 2018

Three-time Major winner and Ryder Cup Vice Captain Padraig Harrington will vie for a 16th European Tour title at the D+D Real Czech Masters after a classy third round performance handed the Irishman a share of the lead heading into the final round, alongside Italian Andrea Pavan.

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“I feel like it was a day too early. It took a lot out of me, a lot of focus and I holed the putts that you'd like to be holing on a Sunday. I'm hoping there's still another round in it but it was certainly one of those days that you'd like to get on a Sunday afternoon rather than a Saturday afternoon."

Harrington, who made a late call to compete at Albatross Golf Resort – so late, in fact, that he had no sweater in his suitcase to keep warm in the chilly conditions in Prague – has dropped just one solitary shot all week as he continues to turn around a tough season in spectacular fashion."

“To be honest, I came from the States, I was there for four weeks and I've no sweater in the suitcase! It was 90 degrees Fahrenheit plus all the time in America and there was a good forecast all week here too, so you'll see me in my polo shirt tomorrow."

“You've got to go out there expecting a roller-coaster, you'd love it not to be but that's what you've got to prepare yourself for – that you'll make some mistakes mentally, you'll get good and bad breaks, you'll hole some putts and you'll miss some. You've got to prepare yourself for that. It's too much to dream of a nice perfect day so we'll prepare ourselves for a bit of everything."

The 46 year old Dubliner carded his best round of the week, a seven under 65, to share the lead with Pavan – who also carded a flawless 65 in tricky conditions – on 17 under.

“It was very good, seven under was just a very good round and I hit it very well off the tee, I was always in play which is very nice," said Pavan. "I putted really well especially on the back nine, I made a lot of good putts and a couple of good par saves."

“Putting has definitely been key this week, I've been good off the tee and good enough with my approach shots in the last couple of days and today towards the end it was a little bit more difficult, I missed a couple of shots but the putter did a lot of good work."

“I'm definitely looking forward to playing with Padraig tomorrow. It's the first time I'm in this position on the European Tour so it will be good, probably a long day but I'll just try to keep doing my own thing and not watch him too much. He's obviously won lot of tournaments and has a lot og experience so I will try to enjoy it as much as I can.”

The two will face off tomorrow in an intriguing battle as Harrington seeks to join the 14 th most decorated European Tour player in history, Mark McNulty, on 16 European Tour titles, while four-time Challenge Tour winner Pavan chases a maiden victory at the top table.

Gavin Green, meanwhile, retains hope of becoming the first Malaysian winner on the tour as he lies three shots off the leaders in outright third place, following a battling two under par 70. Scott Jamieson is a shot further back, on his own in fourth, while Ryder Cup hopefuls Eddie Pepperell and Thomas Pieters are both six shots off the lead in a four-way tie for 11 th position.

“I struggled off the tee, I was everywhere today," said Green. "I have to feel for Jeff (Winther), he must have felt we were in different groups today. But I recovered really well and putted pretty decent, had a couple of really good lag putts that gave me pars on the par fives."

“But I ground it out and shot two under and I'm still in the hunt tomorrow so it's OK, not terrible. It's going to be fun tomorrow , I'm enjoying it and just having fun and trying to shoot as many under as I can."

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-17
65
69
65
199
T1
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-17
66
68
65
199
3
Gavin Green
MAS
-14
64
68
70
202
4
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-13
67
68
68
203
T5
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-12
66
71
67
204
T5
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-12
69
67
68
204
T5
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
65
69
70
204
T8
Alexander Knappe
GER
-11
67
69
69
205
T8
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-11
66
71
68
205
T8
Lee Slattery
ENG
-11
65
72
68
205
T8
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-11
64
70
71
205
T12
Callum Tarren
ENG
-10
64
72
70
206
T12
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-10
67
71
68
206
T12
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-10
66
69
71
206
T12
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
69
66
71
206
T16
Aaron Rai
ENG
-9
67
68
72
207
T16
Adam Bland
AUS
-9
71
68
68
207
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-9
65
73
69
207
T16
JC Ritchie
RSA
-9
70
70
67
207
T16
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
70
68
69
207
T16
Jordan Smith
ENG
-9
70
69
68
207
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-9
68
72
67
207
T16
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-9
69
69
69
207
T16
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-9
69
70
68
207
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
69
70
69
208
T25
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-8
67
73
68
208
T25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-8
71
66
71
208
T25
Connor Syme
SCO
-8
66
70
72
208
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-8
69
69
70
208
T25
Hunter Stewart
USA
-8
69
70
69
208
T25
Jeff Winther
SWE
-8
65
68
75
208
T25
Matt Wallace
ENG
-8
70
65
73
208
T33
Austin Connelly
CAN
-7
69
70
70
209
T33
Danny Willett
ENG
-7
68
70
71
209
T33
Danthai Boonma
THA
-7
70
69
70
209
T33
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
68
71
70
209
T33
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-7
71
69
69
209
T33
John Daly
USA
-7
64
75
70
209
T33
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-7
71
67
71
209
T33
Justin Walters
RSA
-7
71
69
69
209
T33
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-7
68
70
71
209
T33
Peter Hanson
SWE
-7
66
69
74
209
T33
Peter Karmis
RSA
-7
69
71
69
209
T33
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-7
71
69
69
209
T33
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-7
72
67
70
209
T46
Bradley Neil
SCO
-6
68
69
73
210
T46
James Morrison
ENG
-6
70
69
71
210
T46
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-6
68
68
74
210
T46
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
71
68
71
210
T46
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
72
72
210
T46
Rak Cho
KOR
-6
70
70
70
210
T52
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
67
69
75
211
T52
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
69
71
71
211
T52
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-5
70
68
73
211
T52
Nick Cullen
AUS
-5
68
70
73
211
T52
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
67
72
72
211
T52
Richard Bland
ENG
-5
69
71
71
211
T52
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-5
69
70
72
211
T59
David Howell
ENG
-4
69
71
72
212
T59
Johan Edfors
SWE
-4
70
69
73
212
T59
Pep Angles
ESP
-4
67
73
72
212
T59
Ryan Evans
ENG
-4
67
73
72
212
T63
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
70
74
213
T63
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
71
69
73
213
T65
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
72
67
75
214
T65
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
68
70
76
214
T67
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
68
72
75
215
T67
Charlie Ford
ENG
-1
70
70
75
215
69
Paul Peterson
USA
Par
70
69
77
216
70
Sebastien Gros
FRA
1
70
70
77
217
71
Scott Hend
AUS
3
71
69
79
219
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
71
70
-
141
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
70
71
-
141
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
69
72
-
141
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
72
69
-
141
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
72
69
-
141
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
-3
71
70
-
141
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
71
70
-
141
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
70
71
-
141
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
-3
67
74
-
141
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
66
75
-
141
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-3
69
72
-
141
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
71
70
-
141
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
-3
69
72
-
141
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
70
71
-
141
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
68
73
-
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Anders Hansen
DEN
-2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
-2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
68
74
-
142
CUT
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon
FRA
-2
74
68
-
142
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-2
68
74
-
142
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
73
69
-
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-1
66
77
-
143
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
71
72
-
143
CUT
Filip Mruzek
CZE
-1
69
74
-
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
72
71
-
143
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
-1
71
72
-
143
CUT
Jack Munro
AUS
-1
72
71
-
143
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-1
70
73
-
143
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
-1
72
71
-
143
CUT
Ales Korinek
CZE
Par
71
73
-
144
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
Par
70
74
-
144
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
71
73
-
144
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
Par
72
72
-
144
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
Par
72
72
-
144
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
70
74
-
144
CUT
Jan Cafourek
CZE
Par
69
75
-
144
CUT
Mateusz Gradecki
POL
Par
72
72
-
144
CUT
Matt Ford
ENG
Par
70
74
-
144
CUT
Ondrej Lieser
CZE
Par
69
75
-
144
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
74
70
-
144
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
72
72
-
144
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
1
75
70
-
145
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
1
72
73
-
145
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
69
76
-
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
72
-
145
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
2
72
74
-
146
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
2
75
71
-
146
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
2
71
75
-
146
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
69
77
-
146
CUT
Simon Zach
CZE
2
73
73
-
146
CUT
Vaclav Tichy
CZE
2
74
72
-
146
CUT
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
3
74
73
-
147
CUT
Adam Puchmelter
SVK
3
75
72
-
147
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
3
73
74
-
147
CUT
Daniel Suchan
CZE
3
72
75
-
147
CUT
Lukas Tintera
CZE
3
70
77
-
147
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
3
71
76
-
147
CUT
Rene Gruber
AUT
3
70
77
-
147
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
4
77
71
-
148
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
4
72
76
-
148
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
Liam Robinson
ENG
5
72
77
-
149
CUT
Matthew Millar
AUS
5
75
74
-
149
CUT
Paul McBride
IRL
5
72
77
-
149
CUT
Peter Valasek
SVK
6
76
74
-
150
CUT
Michal Pospisil
CZE
7
75
76
-
151
CUT
Oscar Serna
MEX
7
76
75
-
151
CUT
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
7
73
78
-
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
7
75
76
-
151
CUT
Jan Friesz
SVK
8
76
76
-
152
CUT
Benedict Staben
GER
9
76
77
-
153
CUT
Christopher Doak
SCO
9
76
77
-
153
CUT
Petr Dedek
CZE
14
79
79
-
158
DSQ
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
Par
71
73
-
144
RET
Paul Howard
ENG
Par
76
-
-
76
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
T1
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-17
199
T1
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-17
199
3
Gavin Green
MAS
-14
202
4
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-13
203
T5
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-12
204
T5
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-12
204
T5
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-12
204
T8
Alexander Knappe
GER
-11
205
T8
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-11
205
T8
Lee Slattery
ENG
-11
205
T8
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-11
205
T12
Callum Tarren
ENG
-10
206
T12
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-10
206
T12
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-10
206
T12
Tom Lewis
ENG
-10
206
T16
Aaron Rai
ENG
-9
207
T16
Adam Bland
AUS
-9
207
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-9
207
T16
JC Ritchie
RSA
-9
207
T16
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-9
207
T16
Jordan Smith
ENG
-9
207
T16
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-9
207
T16
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-9
207
T16
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-9
207
T25
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-8
208
T25
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-8
208
T25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-8
208
T25
Connor Syme
SCO
-8
208
T25
David Lipsky
USA
-8
208
T25
Hunter Stewart
USA
-8
208
T25
Jeff Winther
SWE
-8
208
T25
Matt Wallace
ENG
-8
208
T33
Austin Connelly
CAN
-7
209
T33
Danny Willett
ENG
-7
209
T33
Danthai Boonma
THA
-7
209
T33
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-7
209
T33
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-7
209
T33
John Daly
USA
-7
209
T33
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-7
209
T33
Justin Walters
RSA
-7
209
T33
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-7
209
T33
Peter Hanson
SWE
-7
209
T33
Peter Karmis
RSA
-7
209
T33
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-7
209
T33
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-7
209
T46
Bradley Neil
SCO
-6
210
T46
James Morrison
ENG
-6
210
T46
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-6
210
T46
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
210
T46
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
210
T46
Rak Cho
KOR
-6
210
T52
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
211
T52
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-5
211
T52
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-5
211
T52
Nick Cullen
AUS
-5
211
T52
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
211
T52
Richard Bland
ENG
-5
211
T52
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-5
211
T59
David Howell
ENG
-4
212
T59
Johan Edfors
SWE
-4
212
T59
Pep Angles
ESP
-4
212
T59
Ryan Evans
ENG
-4
212
T63
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
213
T63
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-3
213
T65
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
214
T65
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
214
T67
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
215
T67
Charlie Ford
ENG
-1
215
69
Paul Peterson
USA
Par
216
70
Sebastien Gros
FRA
1
217
71
Scott Hend
AUS
3
219
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-3
141
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-3
141
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
141
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
141
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
-3
141
CUT
Joel Stalter
FRA
-3
141
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
141
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
141
CUT
Oliver Farr
WAL
-3
141
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
-3
141
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-3
141
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
141
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
-3
141
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
141
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-2
142
CUT
Anders Hansen
DEN
-2
142
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
142
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-2
142
CUT
Daniel Im
USA
-2
142
CUT
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
142
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
142
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
142
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
142
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
142
CUT
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
142
CUT
Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon
FRA
-2
142
CUT
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-2
142
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-2
142
CUT
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-1
143
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
143
CUT
Filip Mruzek
CZE
-1
143
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
143
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
-1
143
CUT
Jack Munro
AUS
-1
143
CUT
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-1
143
CUT
Steve Webster
ENG
-1
143
CUT
Ales Korinek
CZE
Par
144
CUT
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
Par
144
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
Par
144
CUT
Garrick Porteous
ENG
Par
144
CUT
Gary Stal
FRA
Par
144
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
Par
144
CUT
Jan Cafourek
CZE
Par
144
CUT
Mateusz Gradecki
POL
Par
144
CUT
Matt Ford
ENG
Par
144
CUT
Ondrej Lieser
CZE
Par
144
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
144
CUT
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
144
CUT
Adrian Meronk
POL
1
145
CUT
Florian Fritsch
GER
1
145
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
1
145
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
145
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
2
146
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
2
146
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
2
146
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
2
146
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
2
146
CUT
Simon Zach
CZE
2
146
CUT
Vaclav Tichy
CZE
2
146
CUT
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
3
147
CUT
Adam Puchmelter
SVK
3
147
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
3
147
CUT
Daniel Suchan
CZE
3
147
CUT
Lukas Tintera
CZE
3
147
CUT
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
3
147
CUT
Rene Gruber
AUT
3
147
CUT
Jason Norris
AUS
4
148
CUT
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
4
148
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
5
149
CUT
Liam Robinson
ENG
5
149
CUT
Matthew Millar
AUS
5
149
CUT
Paul McBride
IRL
5
149
CUT
Peter Valasek
SVK
6
150
CUT
Michal Pospisil
CZE
7
151
CUT
Oscar Serna
MEX
7
151
CUT
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
7
151
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
7
151
CUT
Jan Friesz
SVK
8
152
CUT
Benedict Staben
GER
9
153
CUT
Christopher Doak
SCO
9
153
CUT
Petr Dedek
CZE
14
158
DSQ
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
Par
144
RET
Paul Howard
ENG
Par
76