Paul Casey wins European Open to claim first Euro Tour victory in five years

September 8, 2019
Paul Casey waves to the crowd on Sunday in Germany.

Paul Casey came from a stroke back to win the European Open and claim his first Euro Tour title in five years on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.

Casey closed with a six-under 66 after beginning the day one back of 54-hole leaders Bernd Ritthammer and Robert MacIntyre. He finished 14 under overall. MacIntyre, Ritthammer and Matthias Schwab tied for second at 13 under.

Casey made back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 and parred the 18th to take the clubhouse lead. MacIntyre made birdie when he needed an eagle on the par-5 finishing hole, and Ritthammer’s attempt to force a playoff fell short when he missed his birdie putt.

The victory was the 14th in Casey’s Euro Tour career and first since 2014.

“It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?” Casey said. “I get emotional every victory, but this year has been so fantastic. I’m slightly chuckling, slightly gutted that [caddie] Johnny Long Socks, John McLaren, isn’t here with me. But this is an incredibly prestigious trophy, it’s got a lot of history to it on the European Tour, so I’m over the moon.”