Casey ends five-year wait for title

Nicklaus' Ryder Cup rival Barnes dies aged 74

Nicklaus' Ryder Cup rival Barnes dies aged 74

Successive birdies on the back nine saw Ritthammer move two shots ahead with five holes remaining but a late wobble allowed MacIntyre to draw level at nine-under-par overall.

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.

"There are a lot of thoughts going through my head right now but it was definitely an experience for me", Ritthammer said. We are getting closer and closer, but we just can't seem to get over that line yet. Casey said. "I get emotional every victory, but this year has been so fantastic".

The effort is set to lift MacIntyre to 95th in the world rankings - the first time he has broken into the top 100 - while he is up from 15th to 13th in the Race to Dubai after picking up a cheque for around £135,000.

It was Casey's 14th European Tour triumph, but his first since landing the KLM Open in 2014.

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Paul Casey warned anyone who would listen entering the final round of the European Open that he was the player to beat on Sunday.

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.

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.

Ritthammer, ranked 924th in the world and fighting to secure a European Tour card for next season, fired a 66 to jump into second place. "Today I just showed my fight and to birdie the last was huge to get a tie for the lead".

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

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