Levy Wins Porsche European Open After Play-Off !
Alexander Levy birdied the second play-off hole to beat Ross Fisher and win the Porsche European Open, his third European Tour title with a final score of -19. The tournament had been reduced to 54 holes due to fog delays over the first three days at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach. Levy started his final round with a four shot lead at -17 and made 3 bogeys in his first 5 holes allowing Ross Fisher to close in. Levy sunk a huge 40 footer for birdie on 2 and birdied 3 before two poor tee shots cost him dropped shots. He made another birdie on 8 to get back to -17. Fisher made a strong start with birdies on 1, 3, 8 and 9 and the battle was on. Both players birdied 10 then Levy increased his lead making birdie on 12 hit a great tee-shot on 14th made another birdie to be at -20.
They both made birdie on 15, then a three-putt from Levy and a 20-foot birdie from Fisher on the next created a two-shot swing and then Levy hit his second into the spectator area on the last and made bogey, a play off resulted.
Fisher said: “Hats off to Alex, it’s always going to be tough against a great player like him.”
Levy made bogey on the last and the pair had play the last again and both made par and on second attempt Levy holed an 18-footer down the slope for a birdie and took the win. Levy said: “It’s too good to have this feeling after two years of no wins, it’s very nice!”
This makes Levy only the second European Tour player to win over 72, 54 and 36 holes, with victories in the 2014 Volvo China Open, the weather-reduced Portugal Masters and the Porsche European Open win.
Swedes Robert Karlsson and Michael Jonzon finished at -16 after rounds of 65 and 68. Karlsson had 8 birdies while Jonzon bogeyed 5, 6 and 7 and came back with 5 birdies in 6 holes from 11. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger finished at -15 under, one shot clear of Germans Martin Kaymer and two ahead of Florian Fritsch, Brits Richard Bland and Matthew Southgate, France’s Grégory Havret, Spaniard Eduardo de la Riva and South Africa’s Jean Hugo.
Although the weather was not good, the scoring was excellent and offers great promise for the Ryder Cup !