Porsche European Open R1

Casey cruises into Porsche European Open lead

September 05-08
Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
€2,000,000
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Paul Casey defied testing conditions at Green Eagle Golf Courses to card a stunning six under par round of 66, taking a one stroke lead into the second round of the Porsche European Open.

Porsche European Open R1 - Casey cruises into lead
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“It was a really good round of golf. There were a couple of putts that slipped by, but that is such a difficult golf course. I was happy with the patience I was showing and the quality of strike, considering I hadn’t played well in the Pro-Am. Now I stand here happier. The score doesn’t really do it justice – that’s one of the finest rounds of golf I’ve played this year.

“I prefer it when it’s hot. I’ve always been a very good driver and I’m a good long iron player – that was demonstrated today. The three iron I hit into the 14 th was good. It suits me, but it doesn’t mean I enjoy it. I like easier golf courses, but this is the Porsche European Open – it is meant to be difficult. I’m here for a competition and I’m here because I want to win.”

The four-time Ryder Cup player carded five birdies on the back nine, adding to gains made on the first and seventh holes, to sit one stroke ahead of Austria’s Matthias Schwab, who occupies second place after a bogey-free round of five under par.


“It was a very good round for me,” said Schwab. “It was tough conditions today, rain, really strong wind and sun every now and then. I managed to adjust well, I made some good shots and made some good putts – I’m happy with my score today. I’m happy with only one bogey on my scorecard.

“I had a four-week break and that came at the right time. I took some time off and worked on my game a bit, that seems to have paid off.”

Just 22 players in the 150-man field finished their first rounds under par after battling wind and rain on the Porsche Nord Course, which is the third-longest visited by the European Tour in 2019.

England’s Ben Stow set the early clubhouse lead on four under par and was joined on that number by Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre and German Max Rottluff. Rottluff is making just his fifth European Tour appearance this week.

“I worked my ball really well around the golf course,” said Stow. “I managed it quite well and I chipped and putted really nicely. In these types of conditions you have to chip and putt well. I holed some good seven/eight footers to keep it going and made some good birdies as well.”

Lucas Herbert built on his tied-eighth finish at last week’s Omega European Masters with a three under par start in Hamburg, joining Alexander Björk and Ben Evans in sixth place. Winner of the D+D Real Czech Masters last month, Thomas Pieters is one of four players four strokes behind Casey on two under par.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Paul Casey
ENG
-6
66
2
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-5
67
T3
Ben Stow
ENG
-4
68
T3
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
68
T3
Max Rottluff
GER
-4
68
T6
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
69
T6
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T6
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
69
T9
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
70
T9
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
70
T9
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-2
70
T9
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
70
T13
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-1
71
T13
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
71
T13
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
71
T13
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
71
T13
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
T13
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
T13
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
71
T13
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
71
T13
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
71
T13
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
-1
71
T23
Marc Hammer
GER
Par
72
T23
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
72
T23
Max Orrin
ENG
Par
72
T23
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
72
T23
Harrison Endycott
AUS
Par
72
T23
Per Laengfors
SWE
Par
72
T23
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
72
T23
Sihwan Kim
KOR
Par
72
T23
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
72
T23
Zander Lombard
RSA
Par
72
T23
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
T23
Ivan Cantero
ESP
Par
72
T23
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
72
T23
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
72
T37
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
73
T37
Xander Schauffele
USA
1
73
T37
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
1
73
T37
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
73
T37
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
73
T37
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
73
T37
David Cooke
USA
1
73
T37
Georg Schultes
AUT
1
73
T37
Scott Hend
AUS
1
73
T37
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
73
T37
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
73
T37
Scott Gregory
ENG
1
73
T49
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
2
74
T49
Matthew Southgate
ENG
2
74
T49
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
74
T49
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
74
T49
Kurt Kitayama
USA
2
74
T49
Chris Hanson
ENG
2
74
T49
Michael Hoey
NIR
2
74
T49
Andy Sullivan
ENG
2
74
T49
Berry Henson
USA
2
74
T49
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
74
T49
Paul Waring
ENG
2
74
T49
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
74
T49
Fin Fleer
GER
2
74
T49
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T49
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
74
T49
Joel Girrbach
SWE
2
74
T49
Patrick Reed
USA
2
74
T49
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
2
74
T49
Matt Kuchar
USA
2
74
T49
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
2
74
T49
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
2
74
T49
Kalle Samooja
FIN
2
74
T49
Espen Kofstad
NOR
2
74
T49
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
74
T49
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
74
T49
Dominic Foos
GER
2
74
T49
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
2
74
T76
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
3
75
T76
David Heinzinger
GER
3
75
T76
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
3
75
T76
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
75
T76
Trevor Immelman
RSA
3
75
T76
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
75
T76
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
3
75
T76
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
75
T76
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
75
T76
Max Schmitt
GER
3
75
T76
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
75
T76
Maarten Lafeber
NED
3
75
T76
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
75
T76
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
75
T76
Sam Horsfield
ENG
3
75
T76
Richie Ramsay
SCO
3
75
T76
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
75
T93
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
76
T93
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
76
T93
Johannes Veerman
USA
4
76
T93
Pelle Edberg
SWE
4
76
T93
Ryan Fox
NZL
4
76
T93
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
4
76
T93
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
4
76
T93
James Morrison
ENG
4
76
T93
Daniel Gavins
ENG
4
76
T93
Duncan Stewart
SCO
4
76
T93
Anton Karlsson
SWE
4
76
T93
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
4
76
T93
Marc Warren
SCO
4
76
T106
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
5
77
T106
Troy Merritt
USA
5
77
T106
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
77
T106
Brett Rumford
AUS
5
77
T106
Ashun Wu
CHI
5
77
T106
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
77
T106
Alexander Knappe
GER
5
77
T106
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
77
T106
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
5
77
T106
Sean Crocker
USA
5
77
T106
Matthias Schmid
GER
5
77
T106
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
5
77
T106
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
77
T106
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
77
T106
Julian Suri
USA
5
77
T106
Hinrich Arkenau
GER
5
77
T106
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
77
T106
Benedict Staben
GER
5
77
T124
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
6
78
T124
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
6
78
T124
Pedro Oriol
ESP
6
78
T124
John Catlin
USA
6
78
T124
Michael Campbell
NZL
6
78
T124
Hurly Long
GER
6
78
T124
Jordan Smith
ENG
6
78
T124
Harry Ellis
ENG
6
78
T124
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
6
78
T124
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
6
78
T134
David Borda
ESP
7
79
T134
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
7
79
T134
Justin Walters
RSA
7
79
T134
Oliver Wilson
ENG
7
79
T134
Tom Murray
ENG
7
79
T134
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
7
79
T134
Maximilian Walz
GER
7
79
T134
Adria Arnaus
ESP
7
79
T134
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
7
79
T134
David Drysdale
SCO
7
79
T134
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
7
79
145
Allen John
GER
8
80
T146
Matteo Manassero
ITA
9
81
T146
Matthew Nixon
ENG
9
81
T146
Marcel Siem
GER
9
81
T146
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
9
81
150
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
10
82