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Levy fends off Fleetwood to win China Open

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Alexander Levy's lead was reduced to one shot © Getty Images
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Alexander Levy secured his first European Tour title after winning the China Open by four shots.

The Frenchman began the final round with a three-shot lead and was cruising to victory when he birdied the 14th to go five shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood with five holes remaining.

However, Levy had a double bogey on the par-4 15th after pulling his approach to the left of the green and was hampered by a divot on his third shot, allowing Fleetwood closed to within one shot.

Levy, though, recovered with birdies on the final two holes to secure the win on 19-under as Fleetwood ended the round with a bogey.

"I didn't feel pressure - it was a difficult putt, difficult pin position, my ball was in the divot. It was a difficult shot, I made double bogey but I knew I was playing well and I was only thinking about my game," Levy said about the 15th hole.

"I just played my golf and focused on the target. I saw Tommy made a birdie on the 17th but I like the pressure."

Alvaro Quiros finished third on 13-under following a round of 72, with Francesco Molinari fourth on 12-under after the Italian carded a five-under 67.

World No.3 Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Anders Hansen all finished on 11-under and shared fifth spot.

China Open final leaderboard

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