France's Alexander Levy overturned a seven-stroke deficit in the final round to win the Volvo China Open for a second time in a play-off against South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli. The 26-year-old claimed 448,183 points to move from 44th to 11th in the European Tour's Race to Dubai, upping his season-total to 680,191 in the process and sealing his place in the DP World Tour Championship, taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai from November 16-19.
Frittelli's runner-up finish gained him 298,789 points which saw him move from 57th to 18th place in the Race to Dubai as the Challenge Tour graduate edges to within touching distance a maiden appearance in the prestigious DP World Tour Championship, open only to the top 60 players on the rankings, with a season tally of 490,188 points.
The tournament also provided an ideal opportunity for Falcon Golf, a government entity tasked by the leadership of Dubai with utilising the sport to promote the emirate globally, to showcase the merits of the European Tour’s season-ending destination.
Chinese business leaders were hosted by Falcon Golf in corporate hospitality and participated in the Pro-Am, while Race to Dubai branding was positioned at key locations on the course.
“China is a market of strategic importance to Dubai and the Volvo China Open – as part of the Race to Dubai – provided a tremendous platform to increase knowledge about the city to key audiences through the lens of golf,” said Peter Dawson, Chairman of Falcon Golf. “We congratulate Alexander Levy on a fine victory and look forward to seeing him in Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship.”
Pablo Larrazábal won 168,339 points and moved from 18th to 12th in the season rankings.
Wiesberger and Wood shared fourth place to claim 124,238 points each. Wiesberger, who won last week's Shenzhen International, improved his Race to Dubai position from sixth to fifth while Wood moved from 48th to 30th.
England's Ross Fisher finished in tied-sixth and claimed 87,397 points but dropped from fifth to sixth place in the rankings due to Wiesberger’s superior points haul.
South Africa's George Coetzee took eighth place to gain 67,228 points and move from 54th to 45th in the Race to Dubai rankings.
Jorge Campillo of Spain finished in tied-ninth to win 57,009 points and jump from 41st to 34th.
Haotong Li of China and France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera shared 11th place and won 47,866 points each. Li progressed from 72nd to 65th while Lorenzo-Vera moved from 40th to 36th.
Spain's Sergio Garcia remains at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings with 2,440,596 points with England's Tommy Fleetwood in second with a season-tally of 1,910,514 points and Jon Rahm in third on 1,509,828.