Dunne & Harrington sign off soundly in Prague

Padraig Harrington / Image from Getty Images
Padraig Harrington / Image from Getty Images

Paul Dunne & Padraig Harrington both broke par to sign off on a positive note at the D+D Czech Masters in Prague.

Greystones talent Dunne posted his second successive 69 to jump 16 places up the leaderboard into a tie for 23rd at minus-nine – taking home €10,100 for his week’s work.

The 26-year old has been threatening to return to winning form intermittently this season and Dunne will hope that he’ll continue to trend in the right direction ahead of a busy period on the European Tour.

As for Ryder Cup Captain Harrington, he posted signed off with a two-under par 70 for a minus-four total that saw the Dubliner sneak a top-60 finish at an event that saw him finish in second place last term.

At the top, Thomas Pieters ended his three year wait for a fourth European Tour title as he claimed a one shot victory to continue his love affair with Albatross Golf Resort.

Pieters, who secured his maiden win at the Prague venue in 2015, became the first man to win this event twice courtesy of a nerveless 69 which contained five birdies and two bogeys.

The 2016 Ryder Cup star led from start to finish on Sunday, with four birdies on the front nine keeping the chasing pack at arm’s length and a further gain at the 12th powering him over the line.

Pieters was thrilled to return to the winner’s circle. He said: “I’m relieved. It’s been a long time – it’s been three years since I last won.

“It feels good to win again. I never doubted myself but it’s just been a long road of not feeling that great with the golf swing. It feels good to get back on track again and get another win.

“It’s difficult when everybody says you should be winning two or three times a year. It’s always nice to hear that but it’s almost a negative sometimes because I always felt like I was underachieving but hopefully there’s many more like this.

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