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

11 September 2019

Three-time major victor Padraig Harrington finished the week in 12th, while D+D Real Czech Masters champ Thomas Pieters came home inside the top 20.

The Englishman was the clubhouse leader but had left the door to MacIntyre and Ritthammer when he three putted the last.

Paul Casey shot a flawless bogey-free round of 66 at the Porsche European Open to take the victory by a single shot, his 14th title on the European Tour and his first in five years.

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Casey, a four-time Ryder Cup player, is the third successive English player to win the tournament after 2017 victor Jordan Smith and Richard McEvoy in 2018. However, it is his first victory in Europe since taking the KLM Open in the Netherlands back in 2014.

"I get emotional at every victory but this year has been so fantastic", Casey told europeantour.com, who dedicated the trophy to former victor Gordon Brand Jnr following his death at the age of 60 last month. With a closing 66 for a 14-under-par 274 total, the Ryder Cup player won by a shot from MacIntyre (68), German Bernd Ritthammer (68) and Austrian Matthias Schwab (66).

"I'll be dedicating this to Gordon Brand Jnr, without question".

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"This is an incredibly prestigious tournament", Casey told Sky Sports.

"I can only control what I can control and that's swinging the golf club for each individual shot".

The Porsche European Open returns to the Green Eagle Golf Course with reigning champion Richard McEvoy looking to defend his title. I've been lucky to win at Wentworth, and to win this one feels very special. "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. Usually the guys who struggle on Saturdays play well on Sundays. I had to ask one of the camera crew where we were.

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It was a third second of the year for MacIntyre, 23, as he seeks his maiden win on tour.

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