Richard McEvoy holds nerve to claim maiden European tour title

Englishman held off Bryson DeChambeau among others in thrilling finish in Germany

Richard McEvoy of England poses with the trophy after his victory on the 18th hole during the final round of the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Richard McEvoy of England poses with the trophy after his victory on the 18th hole during the final round of the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

 

Richard McEvoy claimed his maiden European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.

The 39-year-old sunk a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to secure a one-shot victory ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and German amateur Allen John.

McEvoy had started the final day in a share of the lead with Bryson DeChambeau but successive bogeys late in his round saw the American fall out of contention.

His victory makes McEvoy the first player this season to win on the Challenge Tour and European Tour in successive weeks after his triumph at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge last week.

McEvoy told Sky Sports: “It was a roller coaster ride big time today. But I fought hard, I believed and even at the last I overpowered my caddie to lay it up and give myself the best opportunity to make birdie and managed to do it.

“I’ve tried to enjoy my golf as much as possible. Not that I haven’t been but I just needed to that little bit more and it’s just come up proper trumps.”

McEvoy’s final round of 73, which saw him finish on 11 under par, was far from perfect but proved enough to see off his closest rivals.

McEvoy and DeChambeau were level through 11 holes and even back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th could not knock his momentum, as DeChambeau’s late collapse kept the Englishman in control.

A bogey on the 17th drew McEvoy back into a four-way tie for the lead but his nerveless final putt secured an impressive victory.

In contrast DeChambeau twice landed in the water on the final hole, with his triple bogey eight dropping him to a share of 13th place after a six-over 78.

Paratore was closest to forcing a play-off after a superb lay-up on the 18th led to him narrowly missing an eagle chance.

Local amateur John produced a storming final round of 67 to creep up the leaderboard, while Blomstrand’s birdie on the 18th was enough to seal his share of second place.

Collated fourth round scores in the Porsche European Open, Green Eagle Golf Courses, Germany (Britain & Irl unless stated, par 72):

277 Richard McEvoy 70 65 69 73

278 Christofer Blomstrand (Swe) 72 67 71 68, (a) Allen John (Ger) 68 73 70 67, Renato Paratore (Ita) 72 66 70 70

279 Romain Wattel (Fra) 67 69 72 71, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn) 69 70 71 69

280 Paul Casey 69 69 69 73, Matthias Schwab (Aut) 68 67 70 75

281 David Drysdale 69 67 72 73, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 70 69 72 70, Matthew Nixon 73 71 69 68, Patrick Reed (USA) 70 66 69 76

282 Jeunghun Wang (Kor) 73 65 72 72, Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 66 68 70 78, David Lipsky (USA) 69 75 68 70, Thomas Detry (Bel) 72 72 69 69, Scott Jamieson 70 71 70 71, Alexander Levy (Fra) 69 68 76 69

283 Scott Hend (Aus) 68 71 69 75, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 67 75 70 71, Matias Calderon (Chi) 71 72 69 71

284 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 70 71 74 69, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 69 72 74 69, Liam Johnston 72 70 72 70, Marc Warren 73 71 67 73, Jeff Winther (Den) 70 72 73 69, Connor Syme 68 72 72 72, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 71 71 71 71

285 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 73 71 72 69, Lasse Jensen (Den) 68 72 71 74, Maximilian Kieffer (Ger) 69 71 71 74, Oliver Wilson 73 71 73 68, Jin-ho Choi (Kor) 69 75 72 69, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72 68 71 74, Lucas Herbert (Aus) 75 67 75 68, Rak hyun Cho (Kor) 72 72 67 74, Philipp Mejow (Ger) 69 69 73 74, Bradley Dredge 68 69 73 75

286 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 71 70 75 70, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 75 68 74 69, Richie Ramsay 75 69 70 72, David Horsey 69 73 67 77, Oliver Fisher 68 71 73 74, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 72 71 72 71

287 Nico Geyger (Chi) 72 69 77 69, Joel Stalter (Fra) 67 76 69 75, Justin Walters (Rsa) 72 72 70 73

288 Tapio Pulkkanen (Fin) 71 72 69 76, Sam Horsfield 70 71 69 78, Sebastien Gros (Fra) 72 70 74 72, Sebastian Heisele (Ger) 71 69 72 76, Callum Shinkwin 71 70 70 77, Birgir Hafthorsson (Isr) 72 70 75 71

289 Steven Brown 68 73 77 71, Matthieu Pavon (Fra) 72 70 77 70, Christopher Mivis (Bel) 71 69 73 76, Julien Guerrier (Fra) 72 72 71 74, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 68 74 74 73, Henric Sturehed (Swe) 70 71 74 74, Adrien Saddier (Fra) 72 71 72 74, Marcel Siem (Ger) 71 70 75 73, Nacho Elvira (Spa) 72 72 69 76

290 Scott Fernandez (Spa) 72 68 77 73

291 Clement Sordet (Fra) 71 72 75 73, Jordan Smith 71 72 75 73, Oliver Farr 70 74 71 76, Kim Koivu (Fin) 72 70 73 76

292 Oscar Serna (Mex) 73 69 72 78, Adrian Otaegui (Spa) 70 74 74 74, James Morrison 70 70 76 76

293 Jonas Kolbing (Ger) 73 70 74 76

294 Peter Hanson (Swe) 70 71 73 80, Benedict Staben (Ger) 67 77 75 75

298 Jonathan Thomson 78 65 74 81

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