Monday, 26 September 2016
Ernie Els during the Porsche European Open  (Getty Images)
Ernie Els during the Porsche European Open (Getty Images)

Following Alex Levy's dramatic play-off triumph over Ross Fisher at the Porsche European Open, we review the week's highlights, from A-Z.

A – Alex Levy – The 26 year old sealed victory at the Beckenbauer course following a play-off against Ross Fisher, after the duo finished on 19 under par.

B – Beckenbauer course – Named after the legendary footballer Franz, Bernhard Langer and Kurt Rossknecht designed the course in Bad Griesbach in 2002.

C – Celebration – Fellow Frenchman Gregory Havret rushed to celebrate with Levy at the side of the 18th green after the latter’s 25 foot putt for birdie.

D – Delays – There were delays on Thursday, Friday and Saturday due to continuous fog.

E – Extra holes – The play-off between Levy and Fisher lasted for two holes.

F – Fisher – The Englishman was looking for his sixth win on the European Tour.

G – Germans – Six Germans made the cut in their home tournament – Martin Kaymer, Florian Fritsch, Marcel Schneider, Max Rottluff, Bernd Ritthammer and Marcel Siem.

H – Hardest hole – The 468-yard par four 18th was ranked the toughest hole, with 100 bogeys there made over the course of the week.

I – Inward nine – The easiest hole on the back nine on Sunday was the 566-yard par five 12th hole, which yielded 29 birdies and four eagles.

J – Jonzon – Michael Jonzon only played because of a withdrawal, but went on to finish in a tie for third.

K – Karlsson – The Swede joined Jonzon in third place in Germany after rounds of 69-63-65.

L – List – American Luke List hit the shot of the day on Friday, holing out from the 16th fairway for an eagle.

M – Making the cut – The cut mark was four under par, with 69 players progressing to the third round.

N – Nine under par – Levy shot a stunning opening round of 62, making nine birdies.

O – Outward nine – The hardest hole on the front nine over the course of the week was the 225-yard par three seventh hole, with 102 bogeys being made there.

P – Paratore – Italian Renato Paratore continues to impress, with the 19 year old shooting an opening round 65 that included an eagle and three birdies on his back nine.

Q – Qualification matters – Jonzon significantly boosted his Race to Dubai ranking and now finds himself 29 places off 110th.

R – Ryder Cup – Martin Kaymer, Thomas Pieters, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie were all in action in Germany before heading out to The Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National.

S – Short game – Levy’s short game was superb throughout the week, needing just 23 putts during his opening round.

T – Third time – Victory was Levy’s third on the European Tour. 

U – Up and down – Bernd Wiesberger made one of the up and downs of the week on Saturday at the tenth hole to make eagle on his way to a round of 68.

V – Variety – Levy is the second man to have won 72, 54 and 36 hole events on the European Tour. Paul Lawrie was the first.

W – Wiesberger – The Austrian’s good form continues, following his second place at the KLM Open with fifth place at the Beckenbauer course.

X – marks the spot – This was the view players would have had looking down the first tee on the weather-delayed Saturday morning.

Y – Youngest – Levy is the youngest Frenchman to win three European Tour titles.

Z – Zero bogeys – On his way to the lowest 36 hole total of the season, Levy made 17 birdies and zero bogeys.


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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T1FISHER, RossENG18-19
T1LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-19
T3KARLSSON, RobertSWE18-16
T3JONZON, MichaelSWE18-16
6KAYMER, MartinGER18-14

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