Marc Warren positive despite PGA Championship play-off defeat

Marc Warren

Scotland's Marc Warren insists he will take only positives away from the PGA Championship - despite narrowly missing out on a top title for the third time in 10 months.

The 32-year-old after a three-man play-off with Simon Khan at Wentworth.

"It's a massive championship and it's disappointing to come so close and not pull through," he told BBC Scotland.

"But play-offs are a bit of a lottery. I don't see any negatives at all."

At last month's Spanish Open, Warren bogeyed four of the last five holes to finish one shot outside the play-off, and he also squandered a three-shot lead with four to play in last year's Scottish Open.

He had been one ahead of the field with four holes to play in Surrey and this time a bogey on the 15th ultimately proved costly, before a wayward tee shot on the first play-off hole ended his hopes.

"The other two occasions I felt as if I probably gave those away," he said. "This time, I didn't do that."

After finishing in a tie for first with the 20-year-old Italian and England's Khan on 10 under par, Warren knew he could draw on a record of having won his previous four play-offs - two on the European Tour and the others on the Challenge Tour.

"Going to the play-off, I felt really confident with my previous record - I drew on that," said the Scot.

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"I've won before. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be this time, but huge positives to take from the week.

"I went for it in the play-off where, during the week in all four rounds, I've been a bit more conservative off 18.

"Unfortunately, it didn't work out, but that's the way it is."

Warren, who had a final-round 69 along with Manassero while Khan had a closing 66, heads off hoping to maintain his form in US Open qualifying.

"Just to have finished the tournament stronger than I have done in the last couple of occasions fills me with confidence," he said.

"The finishing stretch here doesn't get any more demanding, the kind of shots you have to hit, and I stood up to that test every single shot.

"Being in contention and being under pressure's where I love being and where I believe I perform best.

"When I really need to do something, I feel like I can do it and I think I proved that to a point."

Fellow Scot Richie Ramsay also heads for US Open qualifying in good form after his final round of 69 gave him a share of ninth at Wentworth, three strokes behind the leaders.

David Drysdale finished two strokes further back after his 70, while that score left Chris Doak nine strokes adrift of the leading group and Colin Montgomerie a further stroke behind.

Greig Hutcheon had a nightmare last round of 79 to finish 14 shots off the pace, but that was still four strokes better off that Scott Drummond after his 76.

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