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Thomas Levet on way back from vertigo

Frenchman Thomas Levet, a member of Europe's triumphant 2004 Ryder Cup team, is battling to get back on track after a career-threatening condition left him barely able to walk last year.

Levet was struck down by vertigo, a condition which left him feeling he was spinning even when standing still.

"It started very suddenly in the car while I was in New York," the 38-year-old told the European Tour's official Web site. "I put the car into reverse, looked to see if there was anyone behind and it just kicked off.

"I felt as though I was in a washing machine for a whole five minutes. I got out of the car and didn't know my name, I couldn't even walk straight."

The symptoms peaked in July and Levet could only play three more tournaments in 2006, losing his cards on the European and PGA tours.

"When you're at your lowest, which was certainly the case last July, I could hardly walk," he said.

"It was 10 minutes standing and three hours lying down. It was horrible.

"It's at these times you look back at the good memories and think it will pass, that it can only get better."

Levet took time to dwell on his three European Tour victories at the 1998 Cannes Open, the 2001 British Masters and the 2004 Scottish Open.

Victory on the banks of Loch Lomond was extra special as it helped earn the Frenchman a debut appearance in the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills where Europe trounced the U.S. by a then-record margin of 18.5 points to 9.5.

"There are super years like 2004," said Levet. "The victory at the Scottish Open was perhaps one of my best moments as a player.

"I handled the pressure and everything came together for me that day. As for the Ryder Cup, well there are no words that can describe it."

But having now made a recovery, Levet is setting his sights on winning his card back. 

"My goal is to have my card by the end of the year, whether that's in the U.S. or in Europe," said the Frenchman, who is playing in America on a medical exemption.

"I still have events in Europe I would very much like to win and I'm very much driven to do it."

 

 




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