After coming on top of a congested leaderboard at the Porsche European Open paul Casey claimed his first European Tour title in five decades.
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and overnight leaders Bob MacIntyre and Bernd Ritthammer joined the 42-year-old under par with three holes staying through an orgasmic finale in Green Eagle Golf Courses at Hamburg.
The adventure of casey came to the fore after a stunning birdie putt from 35 feet in the 16th proved to be the turning point as he carded a birdie-birdie-par end to claim his European Tour victory – his first since the KLM Open.
“I get emotional at each victory however this year was so brilliant,” said Casey, who dedicated the trophy into former winner Gordon Brand Jnr following his death at the age of 60 final month.
“This is a remarkably prestigious decoration which has a lot of background to it on the European Tour so I am over the moon.
“I’m delighted to be the Porsche European Open champion.”
Casey started the day one shot behind the Scot and Ritthammer in eight under and listed his best front nine to move in contention, together with MacIntyre keeping the advantage.
The 23-year-old’s sole blemish in the 12th left the door open for Casey, who replied with a birdie before moving back ahead in the 16th after a tie for the lead, to get his nose.
Casey could only par the last to provide expect of a potential play-off to MacIntyre and Ritthammer.
But the Scot putt slid by the hole prior to the birdie effort of the house favourite pulled up short as the entire 17 became the third Englishman to win the event after Richard McEvoy and Jordan Smith.
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