England's Casey seals one-shot win at European Open

Paul Casey

Paul Casey

England's Paul Casey was the overall victor with a one-stroke victory on 14-under to claim his first European Tour title in five years after coming out on top of a congested leaderboard.

It was a second victory of 2019 for the 42-year-old after success at the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour.

MacIntyre missed birdie chances at the seventh, eighth and ninth, and had to settle for a 2-over 74 after finishing, like Ritthammer, with a birdie on the final hole.

"There are a lot of thoughts going through my head right now but it was definitely an experience for me", Ritthammer said.

Casey could only par the last to give MacIntyre and Ritthammer hope of a potential play-off.

European Ryder Cup-winner Casey struggled to back up his opening-day 66, though, signing for a one-over 73 to drop into a tie for third on five-under. "I didn't really know where I stood walking up 15th and, as I had seen Paul holing putts up ahead, I had to ask one of the camera crew where we stood", added MacIntyre. "It's big for me too, but I'm in a different position because I've been there and done that", the prophetic Casey said on Saturday.

"This is an incredibly prestigious tournament", Casey told Sky Sports. "It's just disappointing not to win today".

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.

Hamburg - Scottish youngster Robert MacIntyre powered into a four-shot lead at the halfway stage of the European Open in Hamburg on Friday as overnight leader Paul Casey slipped off the pace.

"I'm not used to leading an event on the European Tour".