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Alexander Levy holds off Fleetwood for maiden Tour win

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Alexander Levy held his nerve to hold on to his maiden European Tour title despite seeing a five-shot lead reduced to a single stroke on the back nine in Shenzhen as England's Tommy Fleetwood pushed him all the way. 

Levy, 23, shot a measured 69 to win by three from Fleetwood (68) to become the 20th different winner of the event on it's 20th anniversary.

Francesco Molinari (67), Ian Poulter (67) and Henrik Stenson (65) all showed improved form over the week and finished strongly as they look to accumulate the points needed for automatic Ryder Cup qualification. 

Spain's Alvaro Quiros couldn't muster a challenge to end his three-year winless run in Europe, eventually settling for an even-par round of 72 to lie six back of winner Levy in solo third. Englishman Simon Dyson - who alongside Quiros led after the first day - finished nine adrift on 10 under to sit just inside the top 10. 

France's Levy, though, was a deserving victor after showing poise and tremendous mental toughness after a double-bogey six at the 15th - his first score worse than a bogey all week - threatened to undermine his bid for a maiden triumph. 

Leading by three overnight, Levy consolidated his position at the top of the leaderboard on the front nine at Genzon Golf Club with an outward 35. Meanwhile, Fleetwood - who won last year's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles for his first win - went four under for his first nine to climb to 15 under. 

His progress was somewhat halted, however, at the par-five 13th when he made bogey despite birdieing the hole on the previous three occasions and his error was compounded by the leader Levy, who made gains at 11 and 13 to stretch five clear with five holes to go. 

Fleetwood is made of stern stuff, though, proven by his sudden-death playoff in Scotland last year, and he immediately made up for his mistake with a birdie at the next. Then, seemingly from nowhere, Levy made an uncharacteristic mess of the 15th.

His double-bogey six brought him back within the crosshairs of Fleetwood, and the Englishman duly took his chance with a birdie at 17 reducing the deficit to just a single stroke. 

Not to be denied a vital breakthrough victory, Levy regained the composure he'd shown all week as he made par at 16 before finishing with a flourish of birdie-birdie to earn a deserved three-shot win over the field and collect a cool €389,150 in the process. 


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