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Alexander Levy claims Portugal Masters

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Alexander Levy has been awarded the Portugal Masters after the rain affected tournament was ended after just 36 holes.

The Frenchman could only complete one hole on the final day before heavy downpour intervened and prevented any further play at Oceånico Victoria Golf Club meaning he was able to claim his second European Tour win after his victory at the Volvo China Open in April.

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The tournament had already been reduced to 54 holes after persistent heavy rain and lightning throughout the four days but after the most recent downpour, the course was deemed unplayable after the final group had teed off at 1pm.

The European Tour confirmed that the tournament was over just after 3pm which meant that Levy was crowned the winner after his rounds of 63 and 61, three clear of Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts.

Surprised

Levy admits he is surprised at the success he gained this season.

"It feels very special," he told Sky Sports. "If at the start of the year you say to me, 'You are going to win two tournaments', I (would) say 'never' to you.

"It's a very nice feeling to me, I'm very happy. I work hard on this game and I think I played a good game this week and the week in China."

Levy was fortunate to be able to finish his round on Friday before the bad weather which meant he didn't play at all on Saturday. With just one hole completed on Sunday, Levy admits it seems strange having only played two rounds on Thursday and Friday.

"It's special," he added. "Because you are only on 36 holes but after Friday night I knew I would only play 54. But it's a special feeling at this time.

"I don't realise a lot because I was focused to play this last round and try my best to win this tournament."

Maintain form

The Frenchman now plans to travel to Kent as he compete in the World Matchplay next week and he hopes he can maintain his form ahead of the Final Series as the Race to Dubai reaches it's conclusion.

"I'm going to try to play like I played the first two rounds," he said. "I've impressed myself with the way I've played golf and I think I need to continue like that."

Second place Colsaerts parred the first hole on the final day alongside Levy finishing three strokes behind him on 15-under under with Chile's Felipe Aguilar, Dane Morten Orum Madsen and France's Romain Wattel three further shots back.

Four players completed their 18 holes on Sunday, one of which was Europe's victorious Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, but none had shot low enough to trouble the leaders.

No option

Tournament Director Maria Zamora admits that they had no option but to bring the tournament to a premature end but is glad they were able to do so fairly.

"It's very tough, we were confident that we would be able to play this third round today," he said. "The forecast today wasn't that bad so we thought it would be really nice to give a clean third round to the sponsors here in Portugal and have a nice end of the tournament.

"Unfortunately we've been hit by a very heavy downpour, followed by another heavy downpour an hour later which made the golf course go completely underwater."

He added: "There are important facts here which is mainly the sponsors and obviously we have to take into consideration that we have got tournaments far away in Hong Kong - if we delay the guys will not be able to play practice rounds. We have two tournaments next week.

"But the main thing is the tournament here - to try to deliver a result.

"With the forecast we had, we were not expecting these heavy downpours and we had to cut it to 36 holes."

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