Levy strengthens Ryder Cup claim with win in Morocco

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Alexander Levy held off Alvaro Quiros by one-shot at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco to win the Trophee Hassan II. Could this be the start of a Ryder Cup charge?

What happened at the Trophee Hassan II?

Alexander Levy catapulted himself into contention for a Ryder Cup spot as he held off Alvaro Quiros at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

Quiros held a narrow lead heading into Sunday, but it was Levy who came out of the blocks the quickest with a two-under par front-nine.

It was a congested final round at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, with the likes of Quiros, Joakim Lagergren, Alexander Bjork, Mikko Ilonen and Erik Van Rooyen all in with a chance over the final holes. Even Andy Sullivan was in contention, but a late bogey at the 17th ended his hopes.

When Levy bogeyed the 16th, it looked as though a thrilling finale was to ensue. But a stunning tee shot into the difficult par-3 17th all but finished things, as Levy would go on to par the last to claim his fifth European Tour title.

He heads into next week’s Volvo China Open as the defending champion, and on this form, it would be of no surprise to see him lift the trophy for the third time.

Final Trophee Hassan II leaderboard

Talking point

Could this enigmatic Frenchman convince Captain Thomas Bjorn to pick him when the Ryder Cup is played on home soil, in Paris, later this year?

Europe will not be short on talent, that’s for sure, but Levy could be just the player that Bjorn could turn to to whip up the home support at Le Golf National.

Bjorn certainly has him in his sights…

Best quote

Levy on the Ryder Cup:

I need to improve and work a lot, but this has helped me. But I need to get myself back to work because there are a lot of top players in Europe.

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