Alexander Levy secured his best ever European Tour result after finishing in third place in the BMW International Open in Munich.
The 22-year-old Frenchman ended the day two shots behind tournament winner Ernie Els, who claimed his 28th European Tour title on the Eichenried Golf Club course on Sunday, and one shot adrift of Denmark's Thomas Bjorn in second place.
Els started the final round tied for the lead with Levy and Sweden's Alex Noren, but went on to shoot a third straight three-under-par score of 69, to finish the competition with an 18-under 270.
The two-time US Open and British Open winner became the first South African to win the BMW International in the competition's 25th edition.
Bjorn's round of 69 on the last day left him a shot behind Els, while Levy's one-under-par 71 was enough to claim his highest ever finish on the European Tour, with a 16-under 272.
"Thank you to all of you in Germany for supporting me this week at the BMW International Open," said Levy on his official Facebook page. "You really helped me to achieve my best performance since turning pro.
"What a great week! Thank you so much!"
The result means Levy pockets the biggest cheque of his career to date - around 125,000 euros - and will be full of confidence ahead of his British Open qualifying at Sunningdale this week, and the France Open in ten days time.
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