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Thomas Levet
Thomas Levet

Thomas Jean Roger Levet (born 5 September 1968) is a French professional golfer who is a member of the European Tour and former member of the PGA Tour.

Levet was born in Paris, France. He turned professional in 1988 and won the French PGA Championship that year, but he had to wait for a decade for his first win on the European Tour, which came at the 1998 Cannes Open.

In 2002, he finished second at The Open Championship at Muirfield, being one of four players in a playoff. He had a good chance to win, but bogeyed the final hole of the four-hole playoff to fall into sudden death with Ernie Els, where he again bogeyed to lose to Els.

After spending 2003 on the PGA Tour, he returned to the European Tour in 2004. He claimed the most prestigious title of his career at the Scottish Open, and was a member of the winning 2004 European Ryder Cup Team. Levet ended the season 5th on the Order of Merit, and returned to the PGA Tour in 2005.

Levet suffers from severe vertigo, which almost forced him out of the game,[1] however he has made strides to overcome the condition, and has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

In 2008 he won his fourth European Tour title, beating nineteen-year-old Oliver Fisher in a sudden death playoff in the MAPFRE Open de Andalucia.

His fifth win on the European Tour came at the 2009 Open de España where he held off a charging Fabrizio Zanotti, who shot a final round 65, by two strokes finishing 18 under par.[2] With this win Levet became the leading Frenchman in terms of European Tour wins.

Levet won his sixth European Tour title in July 2011 when he triumphed in his native country, at the Alstom Open de France by one stroke from Englishman Mark Foster and Dane Thorbjørn Olesen.[3] He became the 7th French player to win the tournament after Jean-François Remésy. While celebrating his victory, Levet jumped into a lake, breaking his shin, and causing him to withdraw from The Open Championship.[4]

Professional wins (12)


European Tour playoff record (2–2)

  • 1988 French PGA Championship
  • 1990 National Omnium (France)
  • 1991 French PGA Championship
  • 1992 Championnat de France Pro
  • 1997 Toulouse Open, New Caledonia French Masters

Results in major championships


CUT = missed the half-way cut "T" = tied

  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1999 Open Championship – 2002 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances


Amateur

Professional

See also


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