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Alexander Levy wins European Tour award

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Levy won his first European Tour title last week. (©GettyImages)
Levy won his first European Tour title last week. (©GettyImages).

Frenchman Alexander Levy has won the European Tour golfer of the month for April.

Levy won his first tour title at the China Open in Shenzhen last week and beat Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez to the award.

The 23-year old finished on 19-under par for the tournament after rounds of 68, 62, 70 and 69 beating a competitive field including Ryder Cup candidates Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson and Francesco Molinari.

He finished three shots clear of England's Tommy Fleetwood to become to 20th different winner of the China Open on it's 20th anniversary.

Levy, who turned professional in 2011, admitted his delight at the progress in the last few weeks and believes that improving his putting his played a key role.

"It was tough getting that victory in China, but I've worked hard on my putting this year and that helped me," Levy told reporters.

"I don't think I actually realise quite what has happened to me over the last few days, but to win this title is an amazing thing for me."

Levy feels that he can continue of from last week's China Open victory as he aims to win back-to-back titles when he competes in this weeks Championship at Laguna National.

"You want to carry it on into the next few weeks. I want to get straight back on to the course and try to do the same job," he told the European Tour website.

He added: 'This week I don't have the same pressure as I have had over the last few months. It's a new thing for me to be a winner on the Tour, but my game doesn't change.

'My position in the rankings has changed, and maybe the tournaments I can play, but not my game. I need to continue to progress and do the same job I did last week again.'

The judging panel, which consists of writers and commentators, believed Levy deserved the award despite good months from Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jonas Blixt during the Masters at Augusta.

Jimenez's performance during the Masters saw him become the first player over the age of 50 to finish in the top five at Augusta National since 1963. While the world number three, Stenson, finished in a tie of 14th.

But golf correspondent for the Daily Mail, Derek Lawrenson felt that Levy contributed most to an exciting month of golf and the future is bright for the Frenchman.

"It was a fine month for the game's younger generation and Alexander Levy certainly played his part against a strong field," said Lawrenson.

"Victor Dubuisson is clearly not going to be the only French poster boy in years to come."

Levy is now a nomination for the Race to Dubai European Tour Player of 2014 in December where he'll contest the award with this year's winners so far that include.

Victor Dubuisson, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, and Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

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