Andrea Pavan wins D+D Real Czech Masters

The golf tournament just outside Prague has ended it fifth edition

The fifth edition of the D+D Real Czech Masters golf tournament at the Albatross Golf Resort just outside of Prague came to an end Aug. 26 with an upset win by Italian player Andrea Pavan. He had a final score of 22 under, setting a championship record.

He beat golfing legend Padraig Harrington, who was second with 20 under. Pavan's 22 under victory set a championship record.

Harrington looked to be taking his first European title since October 2016, standing on the 14th tee with a 2-stroke lead over Pavan. However, Pavan went on a run of three birdies in the last five holes to claim his maiden victory on the European Tour.

As the day progressed, it became clear that the D+D Real Czech Masters was coming down to a two-way fight of the last group. Strong challenges from Gavin Green (-17), Lee Slattery (-15) and Scott Jamieson (-15) slowly faded and became clear that Harrington or Pavan was going to take the EUR 166,000 prize money and the crystal trophy. With the afternoon sun shining on the 18th green Pavan showed his potential by placing his first putt close to the hole giving himself a half-foot putt for victory.

Pavan, who won the European Challenge Tour rankings in 2013, has waited for 112 events for his first victory but showed composure over the last five holes to not only challenge Harrington but to take the victory from him by a clear two strokes.

“It's amazing, it's massive. I'll enjoy this one because it is really hard to get,” Pavan said after his victory. It is the start of a big week for the Italian, on Wednesday he is expecting his second child back home Italy, a baby girl. “I can't wait to celebrate with my family,” he added.

Of other notable players in the field, Thomas Pieters and Eddie Pepperell finished best at -12 and have given Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn some food for thought. The selection process finishes next Sunday after the Made in Denmark Open.

Danny Willet, the 2016 Masters Champion, struggled this week finding himself tied for 18th place on -11. Last year's winner, Haydn Porteous, was unable to match his previous form and shot a disappointing -8 finishing to end up tied for 36th place.

Lee Westwood and John Daly both finished the day on +2, leaving them both at the end of the field. Westwood was tied for 61st place, with a total score of -4, while Daly was tied for 59th place with a total of -5 for the tournament.

Players and fans alike once again appreciated the open atmosphere at the D+D Real Czech Masters with players having an opportunity to mingle with the fans in the tournament village, and players certainly appreciated the longest drive competition on day four, with a prize of a years' worth of beer from one of the tournaments main partners.

The Albatross Resort in Velky Ujezd has once again held up to the test of holding a prestigious European Tour event, and the D+D Real Czech Masters will return next year with a new defending Champion, Andrea Pavan.

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