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Alexander Levy Captures the Trophée Hassan II

Alexander Levy fired a final-round 2-under par 70 and held off a late charge from 54-hole leader Alvaro Quiros to capture the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

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The Frenchman, who entered the day just one back of Quiros, made three front-nine birdies at Royal Golf Dar Es Salamand to turn with the lead at 8 under. A bogey on the par-4 16th dropped him to 7 under, but a bounce-back gain on the 17th moved Levy to 8-under par, good for a one-stroke victory over the Spaniard Quiros.

“This feels so good. I’m a little bit tired now because it was really tough today but I did a really good job today. For me, I played an amazing game. I’m so happy to win this trophy,” said Levy.

“Like what I said from the start of the season, I need to improve my game. I need to work a lot. I worked a lot the last two days, two weeks, and I won this trophy.

“So that’s helped me but step by step, it’s a good win but I need to go back to work because we can see we have a lot of good players in Europe. So it will be tough to make it.”

Quiros, who had led after each of the first three rounds, struggled early and was 2 over on the day until back-to-back birdies on Nos. 17 and 18 returned him to level par and possession of second-place at 7-under par.

One further back was the foursome of Alexander Björk and Joakim Lagergren of Sweden, Finn Mikko Ilonen and Andrea Pavan of Italy.

Credit: Getty Images/Andrew Reddington

The win was Levy’s fifth on the European Tour, and first since last season’s Volvo China Open, where he’ll defend next week.

The 27-year old earned $487,500 and 24 world ranking points which will move him inside the top 50, and into contention for a Ryder Cup spot, which will be contested in his native France.


FINAL TOP 10

1 Alexander Levy -8
2 Alvaro Quiros -7
3 Andrea Pavan -6
3 Joakim Lagergren -6
3 Alexander Bjork -6
3 Mikko Ilonen -6
7 Andy Sullivan -5
7 Erik van Rooyen -5
9 Seung-su Han -4
9 Paul Waring -4
9 Joost Luiten -4


WINNER’S STATS

Driving: 300.6 (13)
Fairways: 44.6% (54)
Greens: 70.8% (5)
Putting: 1.766 (29)
Scores: 1 Eagle, 14 Birdies, 50 pars, 6 Bogeys, 1 Double


LEVY’S FINAL-ROUND HIGHLIGHTS


QUOTABLE

“I played an amazing game. I’m so happy to win this trophy.”
– Alexander Levy


Credit: European Tour Media, Getty Images


Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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