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Thomas Levet clinches a two shot victory

Frenchman Thomas Levet eased to his fifth European Tour title on Sunday, clinching victory in the Spanish Open by two strokes.

Levet overcame early setbacks to post a final-round 68 for an 18-under-par aggregate and finish ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti.

Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn and Peter Lawrie of Ireland shared third place, four adrift of Levet.

Two strokes ahead of Briton Stuart Davis overnight, Levet conceded the lead by the third to the rookie Englishman, who birdied the first three holes of the afternoon.

Davis moved two strokes clear but his double-bogey on the short fifth drew the pair level and Levet then moved back in front with three successive birdies from the sixth.

Zanotti, beginning the round five behind Levet, also picked up shots on the first three holes and subsequently proved to be the 2004 Ryder Cup-winning Frenchman’s chief rival as Davis’s challenge disintegrated after the turn.

Bjorn also applied the pressure as the nine-times European Tour champion, put in his best title-challenge for two years, picking up six shots in six holes from the 11th.

Lawrie, who won the title in Seville last year by beating Spaniard Ignacio Garrido in a playoff, put up a brave defence.


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