Paul Casey proves prophetic with victory in European Open

Ruben Hill
September 11, 2019

Casey started the day one shot behind the Scot and Ritthammer at eight under and recorded his best front nine of the week of 31 to move in contention, with MacIntyre still maintaining the one-shot advantage at the turn.

Home favourite Bernd Ritthammer is second on 7-under after a spotless round of 66, while overnight leader Paul Casey and Matthias Schwab were two shots further behind at 5-under in a tie for third spot alongside Italian Guido Migliozzi.

Casey was pegged back but nosed himself back ahead on the 16th with a superb birdie putt, with MacIntyre and Ritthammer squandering the opportunity to force a play-off on the 18th.

It was the second victory of the year for the 42-year-old Casey after lifting the trophy at the Valspar Championship on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Casey, a four-time Ryder Cup player, claimed his first win in Europe since the 2014 KLM Open in the Netherlands and his 14th overall.

"It's going to be tough, especially when it's the first time that I've got such a lead - whether on the Challenge Tour or here on the European Tour - I'll have to learn from this experience", said the world number 113, who impressed by finishing tied-sixth in the British Open at Royal Portrush in July.

Welcome to the Official YouTube channel of the European Tour. "I'm happy to be the Porsche European Open champion".

"I volunteered at this event at Walton Heath in 1991 - as a standard bearer - walking around the golf course". I've been lucky to win at Wentworth, and to win this one feels very special.

England's Casey followed up his opening-round 66 with a 1-over 73 as he was among the early starters who struggled to deal with cold and windy conditions.

"I saw the leaderboard, but there's a long way to go". I had to ask one of the camera crew where we were. We are getting closer and closer, but we just can't seem to get over that line yet.

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