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Levy claims China Open glory

Frenchman Alexander Levy held off a charge from Tommy Fleetwood to capture the Volvo China Open by four shots in Shenzhen.

The world No 282, who started the day three strokes clear at Genzon GC, looked to be in control before a double bogey at the 15th gave Fleetwood fresh hope.

However, Levy produced a brilliant and daring second shot over water to the par five 17th and the subsequent birdie kept him two in front.

He was given more breathing space when Fleetwood bogeyed the last and Levy capped off his first European Tour win in style with a superb second shot to three feet at 18.

His short birdie completed a round of 69 and gave him a winning total of 19-under.

Fleetwood (68) finished solo second after Alvaro Quiros doubled bogeyed the last for a closing 72.

Francesco Molinari was fourth after a 67 while Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Anders Hansen tied for fifth.

Hansen raced through the field with a nine-under 63 while Stenson produced a Sunday 65.

Levy, as is the tradition with all French winners, was sprayed with champagne by his compatriots on the final green.

He said of his approach to 17: "I like the pressure and I'm thinking only to put my ball on the green. I had good confidence on that shot."

Levy, a good friend of Victor Dubuisson, said the victory of his fellow Frenchman in Turkey had helped give him the confidence that he could claim a first win.