Levy makes it five European titles with Morocco win

Frenchman Alex Levy carded four birdies on his way to a final-round 70 and a fifth career title on the European Tour at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday.

Levy finished the tournament at the Royal Golf Dar es Salam on 8-under-par, one shot ahead of third-round leader Alvaro Quiros from Spain, who ended with a pair of birdies, but could manage only an even-par 72 in his final round.

One off the lead overnight, Levy made two of his four birdies in his first five holes to hit the front and stayed ahead for the rest of field till the end to finish.

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

WITB: Alex Levy

  • Driver: TaylorMade M2 (8.5º)
  • 3 Wood: Titleist 915Fd (15º)
  • Hybrid: Titleist 816 H1 (17º)
  • Irons: 716 CB (3), 714 MB (4-PW)
  • Wedges: Titleist SM6 (52º),Titleist SM7 (58º)
  • Putter: Odyssey O Works 7
  • Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

“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.”

The victory comes in Levy’s 138th appearance on Tour and provides the perfect momentum as he goes in search of a successful defence and a third title at the Volvo China Open next week.

Levy’s previous victories were at the 2014 Volvo China Open, 2014 Portugal Masters, 2016 Porsche European Open and 2017 Volvo China Open.

He also had three other top-10 finishes in his five previous events this season and moved up to ninth on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai points list, but more importantly has moved him inside the world’s top-50 which could also secure him a place in the lucrative Players Championship and US Open.

A group of four players finished in a tie for third, including Italy’s Andrea Pavan, who finished with a brilliant 6-under 66. Swedish pair Joakim Lagergren (70) and Alexander Bjork (70) and Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (72) also shared third.

Marcus Fraser was the best of the Australians finishing in a tie for 22nd position at even par. Andrew Dodt finished at 2-over and in a share of 32nd position, Wade Ormsby was at 6-over and in a share of 52nd position along with Jason Scrivener.

Sam Brazel was a shot further behind missing the cut at 7-over along with Jack Munro, Brett Rumford. Adam Bland also had a tournament he would rather forget finishing at 10-over.