Porsche European Open R3

Ritthammer bidding for home soil success in Hamburg

September 05-08
Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, Germany
€2,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Bernd Ritthammer could become the first German to win on home soil in more than a decade after moving into a share of the lead after the third round of the Porsche European Open.

Porsche European Open R3 - Ritthammer bidding for success
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“I started with a shaky tee-shot and then converted a birdie, somehow. I started feeling comfortable after that. I hit some good shots and was solid on the front nine. I lost a bit of focus on the back nine and hit some weak shots. I had some bogeys which I deserved. It was tough, but the last two or three holes was good golf. I hope I can continue that tomorrow.

“I’ve been working a lot in the past year/ten years to be in a position with a chance to win. It would mean the world. It would change my situation but on the other hand I know there’s so much golf – 18 holes, a lot of very experienced players, Rob has had a great season, Paul Casey right behind me, Larrazábal and Schwab, plenty of very good golfers who have been in that position before. I’m a bit of a rookie here in this situation, but I hope I’ll cope well like I did today.”

The 32-year-old started the day four strokes behind Robert MacIntyre, who is enjoying a fine rookie season on the European Tour, taking advantage of the Scot’s struggles on the demanding Porsche Nord Course at Green Eagle Golf Courses in Hamburg.


“I was hoping for another round under par. Things just didn’t go my way today, I had a couple of bad lies early one – which didn’t help things. Having to bump and run a seven iron on your second hole isn’t how you want to start. I fought well – I’m going to fight until the end, it doesn’t matter where I am on the leaderboard – bottom or top. Every point counts. Today I showed my fight and to birdie the last to tie the lead was huge.

“I was getting a bit annoyed with myself, I was hitting good shots and my ball was finishing a yard off the fairway here or there. You can’t to commit to an iron shot into a tight pin when you don’t have full control off the turf. He said I can’t keep hitting good shots and getting unlucky, he was calling it unlucky, I was calling it bad shots. He told me to keep fighting – it’s a 72-hole tournament, not a 54-hole one.”

The pair share the lead after rounds of 70 and 74 respectively, with both players birdieing the 18 th hole to move to nine under par, setting the stage for a thrilling final round. Ritthammer, aiming for his first victory on the European Tour, would be the first German player to win at home since Martin Kaymer achieved that feat in Munich in 2008.

MacIntyre, currently 15 th on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, has two runner-up finishes to his name this season, at the Betfred British Masters and Made In Denmark presented by FREJA, and a sixth-place result at The Open. The 23-year-old is bidding for his first victory on just his 24th European Tour start.

Four-time Ryder Cup player Paul Casey is just one stroke behind in his quest to secure a 14 th European Tour title on eight under par, after a three under round of 69. The Englishman is one ahead of Pablo Larrazábal and Matthias Schwab who share fourth on seven under par. Larrazábal is no stranger to success on German soil, having won two of his four titles there.

“I saw the leaderboard, but there’s a long way to go,” said Casey. “Usually the guys who struggle on Saturdays play well on Sundays. There’s a lot of guys out here where this is a very big week for them. It’s big for me too, but I’m in a different position because I’ve been there and done that. There’s very little pressure on me. I’m the guy to beat, I’m the highest in the World Rankings of the guys in the leaderboard, but still I’ll go out, do what I did today and have a lot of fun, enjoying the golf course.”


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Grade “A” Architecture

Lifestyle
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-9
-2
71
66
70
207
T1
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-9
2
68
65
74
207
3
Paul Casey
ENG
-8
-3
66
73
69
208
T4
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-7
-4
70
71
68
209
T4
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
-2
67
72
70
209
6
Ben Evans
ENG
-6
-4
69
73
68
210
T7
Jeff Winther
SWE
-5
-2
72
69
70
211
T7
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
Par
71
68
72
211
T9
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-4
-4
71
73
68
212
T9
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
-2
71
71
70
212
T9
Louis De Jager
RSA
-4
-1
72
69
71
212
T9
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-4
-1
70
71
71
212
T9
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-4
Par
71
69
72
212
T14
Romain Wattel
FRA
-3
-5
72
74
67
213
T14
Scott Gregory
ENG
-3
-4
73
72
68
213
T14
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
-4
71
74
68
213
T14
Richard Sterne
RSA
-3
-3
75
69
69
213
T14
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
-1
72
70
71
213
T14
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
1
69
71
73
213
T20
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-2
-3
73
72
69
214
T20
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
-1
75
68
71
214
T22
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
-3
77
69
69
215
T22
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
-3
72
74
69
215
T22
Per Laengfors
SWE
-1
-2
72
73
70
215
T22
Max Rottluff
GER
-1
Par
68
75
72
215
T22
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
2
70
71
74
215
T27
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
-1
77
68
71
216
T27
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
-1
71
74
71
216
T27
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
Par
-1
74
71
71
216
T27
Thomas Pieters
BEL
Par
2
70
72
74
216
T27
Dominic Foos
GER
Par
3
74
67
75
216
T32
Stuart Manley
WAL
1
-2
72
75
70
217
T32
Daniel Gavins
ENG
1
-1
76
70
71
217
T32
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
-1
74
72
71
217
T32
Patrick Reed
USA
1
-1
74
72
71
217
T32
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
Par
73
72
72
217
T32
Jorge Campillo
ESP
1
Par
74
71
72
217
T32
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
1
71
73
73
217
T32
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
1
69
75
73
217
T32
Scott Hend
AUS
1
1
73
71
73
217
T32
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
3
73
69
75
217
T42
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
2
-1
78
69
71
218
T42
Ross Fisher
ENG
2
-1
72
75
71
218
T42
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
2
Par
73
73
72
218
T42
Paul Waring
ENG
2
Par
74
72
72
218
T42
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
2
Par
74
72
72
218
T42
Xander Schauffele
USA
2
4
73
69
76
218
T48
Zander Lombard
RSA
3
Par
72
75
72
219
T48
Alexander Knappe
GER
3
3
77
67
75
219
T48
Andy Sullivan
ENG
3
3
74
70
75
219
T48
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
4
73
70
76
219
T52
Max Orrin
ENG
4
1
72
75
73
220
T52
Marc Hammer
GER
4
1
72
75
73
220
T52
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
4
1
78
69
73
220
T52
Kurt Kitayama
USA
4
2
74
72
74
220
T52
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
4
2
74
72
74
220
T52
Michael Hoey
NIR
4
3
74
71
75
220
T58
Adam Bland
AUS
5
2
71
76
74
221
T58
Ashun Wu
CHI
5
2
77
70
74
221
T58
Troy Merritt
USA
5
2
77
70
74
221
T58
Jake McLeod
AUS
5
3
72
74
75
221
T58
Johannes Veerman
USA
5
4
76
69
76
221
T58
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
4
74
71
76
221
T58
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
5
4
75
70
76
221
T58
Harrison Endycott
AUS
5
6
72
71
78
221
T58
Ben Stow
ENG
5
6
68
75
78
221
T67
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
6
3
74
73
75
222
T67
Ryan Fox
NZL
6
3
76
71
75
222
T67
Ivan Cantero
ESP
6
4
72
74
76
222
70
Clement Sordet
FRA
7
4
75
72
76
223
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Chris Hanson
ENG
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
4
Par
73
75
148
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Hinrich Arkenau
GER
4
Par
77
71
148
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
Par
77
71
148
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
4
Par
78
70
148
CUT
Matt Kuchar
USA
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
4
Par
75
73
148
CUT
Pelle Edberg
SWE
4
Par
76
72
148
CUT
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
4
Par
74
74
148
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
Par
77
71
148
CUT
Trevor Immelman
RSA
4
Par
75
73
148
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
Par
77
72
149
CUT
Benedict Staben
GER
5
Par
77
72
149
CUT
Dean Burmester
RSA
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Grant Forrest
SCO
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
5
Par
79
70
149
CUT
John Catlin
USA
5
Par
78
71
149
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
5
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
5
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
5
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
5
Par
81
68
149
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
Par
77
72
149
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
5
Par
75
74
149
CUT
Sean Crocker
USA
5
Par
77
72
149
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
5
Par
76
73
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
Par
74
75
149
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
6
Par
79
71
150
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
6
Par
73
77
150
CUT
David Heinzinger
GER
6
Par
75
75
150
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
6
Par
76
74
150
CUT
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
6
Par
71
79
150
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
6
Par
75
75
150
CUT
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
6
Par
75
75
150
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
6
Par
79
71
150
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
6
Par
77
73
150
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
7
Par
76
75
151
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
Par
76
75
151
CUT
David Cooke
USA
7
Par
73
78
151
CUT
Georg Schultes
AUT
7
Par
73
78
151
CUT
Hurly Long
GER
7
Par
78
73
151
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
7
Par
81
70
151
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
7
Par
76
75
151
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
7
Par
81
70
151
CUT
Matthias Schmid
GER
7
Par
77
74
151
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
8
Par
79
73
152
CUT
Allen John
GER
8
Par
80
72
152
CUT
Brett Rumford
AUS
8
Par
77
75
152
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
8
Par
75
77
152
CUT
Maarten Lafeber
NED
8
Par
75
77
152
CUT
Michael Campbell
NZL
8
Par
78
74
152
CUT
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
8
Par
78
74
152
CUT
Pedro Oriol
ESP
8
Par
78
74
152
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
8
Par
79
73
152
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
9
Par
76
77
153
CUT
Fin Fleer
GER
9
Par
74
79
153
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
9
Par
78
75
153
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
9
Par
77
76
153
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
9
Par
75
78
153
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
10
Par
76
78
154
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
10
Par
79
75
154
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
10
Par
78
76
154
CUT
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
11
Par
76
79
155
CUT
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
11
Par
79
76
155
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
12
Par
79
77
156
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
13
Par
81
76
157
CUT
Maximilian Walz
GER
13
Par
79
78
157
CUT
David Borda
ESP
14
Par
79
79
158
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
14
Par
77
81
158
CUT
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
15
Par
76
83
159
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
67
77
77
RET
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
65
79
79
RET
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
62
82
82