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 4

Pavan overcomes Harrington for Czech triumph

August 26, 2018

Andrew Pavan claimed his maiden European Tour title in spectacular style at the D+D Real Czech Masters, as a back nine birdie blitz - which included a monster putt at the par three 16th - helped the Italian topple three-time Major Champion Padraig Harrington.

Pavan overcomes Harrington for Czech triumph, © Getty Images

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“It's amazing, it's massive. I've won four times on the Challenge Tour but it was a long time ago. I'll enjoy this one because it's really hard to get and I'll just keep working on the stuff that seems to be working and enjoy the success."

“I'm going back home tomorrow and we're having a second baby, a little girl is coming on Wednesday. We're really excited about that and I can't wait to celebrate with my family."

It was a thrilling battle between the two playing partners, who shared a three-shot lead heading into the final day at Albatross Golf Resort, and Harrington appeared to be cruising to a 16th title when they reached the turn.

“Padraig has got so much experience, such a great player and he played lovely. The putt on 16 was massive. It could have easily gone both ways, he was ahead of me most of the day but after I got ahead I stayed aggressive, which I’m pleased I did because it came down to the last."

“I was a little bit nervous to start with and then you make a bogey on the second. Then I settled down, but I’ve been playing well the last couple of weeks. In golf you never know, you just have to keep pushing and I hit a lot of good tee shots and gave myself birdie chances."

“On the 17th I was getting a bit emotional, just trying not to get ahead of myself. I think playing against Padraig, knowing how good he is, it kept me grounded and in the moment a bit more, knowing he could easily birdie the last two."

“I was really trying to birdie the last two. It’s just amazing. It’s going to take some time to sink in.”

The Irishman was three shots clear but Pavan turned the tide with a stunning back nine performance. The 29 year old picked up shots at the tenth and 12th holes to close the gap before Harrington almost holed out from the tee at the par three 13th, a birdie two seemingly closing the door on Pavan.

But a birdie from Pavan at the 14th paired with a bogey for Harrington at the 15th meant they were all square with three to play.

The crucial moment came at the 16th as the Italian sank a 30-foot putt for a birdie two and the outright lead. Another birdie at the 17th meant he held a two-stroke advantage on the 18th tee, parring the last for a five under 67 and a two-stroke victory on a 22 under total. The win moved him to 39th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

“It was a good contest, no doubt about it. 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."

“To shoot 20 under par on any golf course, you’ve got to put some numbers together so I’m happy with that, Andrea just finished really well. He played lovely golf all day to be honest and made those birdies. It’s a pity but I’ll settle for this most weeks."

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

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-22
65
69
65
67
266
2
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-20
66
68
65
69
268
3
Gavin Green
MAS
-17
64
68
70
69
271
T4
Lee Slattery
ENG
-15
65
72
68
68
273
T4
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-15
67
68
68
70
273
6
Tom Lewis
ENG
-14
69
66
71
68
274
T7
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-13
68
71
70
66
275
T7
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-13
70
68
69
68
275
T9
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
66
71
68
71
276
T9
Hunter Stewart
USA
-12
69
70
69
68
276
T9
Jeff Winther
SWE
-12
65
68
75
68
276
T9
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-12
71
67
71
67
276
T9
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-12
68
72
67
69
276
T9
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-12
69
69
69
69
276
T9
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-12
69
67
68
72
276
T9
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-12
71
69
69
67
276
T9
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-12
64
70
71
71
276
T18
Adam Bland
AUS
-11
71
68
68
70
277
T18
Danny Willett
ENG
-11
68
70
71
68
277
T18
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-11
65
73
69
70
277
T18
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-11
71
68
71
67
277
T18
Peter Karmis
RSA
-11
69
71
69
68
277
T18
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-11
67
71
68
71
277
T24
Aaron Rai
ENG
-10
67
68
72
71
278
T24
JC Ritchie
RSA
-10
70
70
67
71
278
T24
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-10
68
70
71
69
278
T24
Rak Cho
KOR
-10
70
70
70
68
278
T24
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-10
69
70
72
67
278
T29
Callum Tarren
ENG
-9
64
72
70
73
279
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
71
66
71
71
279
T29
Justin Walters
RSA
-9
71
69
69
70
279
T29
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-9
69
70
68
72
279
T29
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-9
66
71
67
75
279
T29
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-9
72
67
70
70
279
T29
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-9
66
69
71
73
279
T36
Alexander Knappe
GER
-8
67
69
69
75
280
T36
David Howell
ENG
-8
69
71
72
68
280
T36
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-8
71
69
69
71
280
T36
James Morrison
ENG
-8
70
69
71
70
280
T36
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
70
69
68
73
280
T36
Matt Wallace
ENG
-8
70
65
73
72
280
T36
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-8
70
68
73
69
280
T36
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
67
72
72
69
280
T44
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
69
70
69
73
281
T44
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
68
68
74
71
281
T44
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
69
71
71
70
281
T44
Nick Cullen
AUS
-7
68
70
73
70
281
T44
Richard Bland
ENG
-7
69
71
71
70
281
T44
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
65
69
70
77
281
T50
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
69
70
70
73
282
T50
Charlie Ford
ENG
-6
70
70
75
67
282
T50
Connor Syme
SCO
-6
66
70
72
74
282
T50
Danthai Boonma
THA
-6
70
69
70
73
282
T50
David Lipsky
USA
-6
69
69
70
74
282
T50
Pep Angles
ESP
-6
67
73
72
70
282
T50
Peter Hanson
SWE
-6
66
69
74
73
282
T50
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-6
71
69
73
69
282
T50
Ryan Evans
ENG
-6
67
73
72
70
282
T59
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
68
72
75
68
283
T59
John Daly
USA
-5
64
75
70
74
283
T61
Chase Koepka
USA
-4
67
69
75
73
284
T61
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
66
72
72
74
284
T63
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
68
70
76
71
285
T63
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
70
69
77
69
285
T65
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
67
73
68
79
287
T65
Chris Hanson
ENG
-1
72
67
75
73
287
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-1
70
69
73
75
287
68
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
69
70
74
75
288
69
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
68
69
73
79
289
T70
Scott Hend
AUS
4
71
69
79
73
292
T70
Sebastien Gros
FRA
4
70
70
77
75
292
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
1
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-22
266
2
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-20
268
3
Gavin Green
MAS
-17
271
T4
Lee Slattery
ENG
-15
273
T4
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-15
273
6
Tom Lewis
ENG
-14
274
T7
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-13
275
T7
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-13
275
T9
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-12
276
T9
Hunter Stewart
USA
-12
276
T9
Jeff Winther
SWE
-12
276
T9
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-12
276
T9
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-12
276
T9
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-12
276
T9
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-12
276
T9
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-12
276
T9
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-12
276
T18
Adam Bland
AUS
-11
277
T18
Danny Willett
ENG
-11
277
T18
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-11
277
T18
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-11
277
T18
Peter Karmis
RSA
-11
277
T18
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-11
277
T24
Aaron Rai
ENG
-10
278
T24
JC Ritchie
RSA
-10
278
T24
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-10
278
T24
Rak Cho
KOR
-10
278
T24
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-10
278
T29
Callum Tarren
ENG
-9
279
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
279
T29
Justin Walters
RSA
-9
279
T29
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-9
279
T29
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-9
279
T29
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-9
279
T29
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-9
279
T36
Alexander Knappe
GER
-8
280
T36
David Howell
ENG
-8
280
T36
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-8
280
T36
James Morrison
ENG
-8
280
T36
Jordan Smith
ENG
-8
280
T36
Matt Wallace
ENG
-8
280
T36
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-8
280
T36
Renato Paratore
ITA
-8
280
T44
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-7
281
T44
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-7
281
T44
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-7
281
T44
Nick Cullen
AUS
-7
281
T44
Richard Bland
ENG
-7
281
T44
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
281
T50
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
282
T50
Charlie Ford
ENG
-6
282
T50
Connor Syme
SCO
-6
282
T50
Danthai Boonma
THA
-6
282
T50
David Lipsky
USA
-6
282
T50
Pep Angles
ESP
-6
282
T50
Peter Hanson
SWE
-6
282
T50
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-6
282
T50
Ryan Evans
ENG
-6
282
T59
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
283
T59
John Daly
USA
-5
283
T61
Chase Koepka
USA
-4
284
T61
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
284
T63
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
285
T63
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
285
T65
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
287
T65
Chris Hanson
ENG
-1
287
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-1
287
68
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
288
69
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
289
T70
Scott Hend
AUS
4
292
T70
Sebastien Gros
FRA
4
292
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

European Tour

Italian Open 2018

Gardagolf

$

May 31 - June 03

Gardagolf Country Club, Brescia Italy

$7,000,000

, 2018

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