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Rob Lee's Blog : Win Number 5 for Levet

Imagine Golf Club's Rob Lee reviews the Spanish Open as Levet holds off the challengers

Posted May 06, 2009 by Rob Lee

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The European Tour was back on home soil proper last week after returning from the far east for the last time until we go back to Shanghai for the HSBC Champions event in November which, by the way, has been elevated to WGC status (world golf championship) and that means that the worlds top 50 players are exempt so Woods, Mickelson et tout should be taking part which is great.  We were at the PGA Golf De Catalunya, just outside Girona on Spain’s north eastern seaboard for the Spanish Open.

                        What a start the week got off to with some outstanding scoring, none better than Soren Hansen who double bogeyed the first hole on Thursday and then played the next 17 holes in 11 under on what is a very good golf course for a new course record 63.  Now it has to be said that conditioning played a big part in the 66s, 65s, 64s and 63s that we saw on day one which is no bad thing with perfect fairways and greens which kept the players very happy through the week.  None the less, it's a course that demands good ball striking and good scores have to be earned.

                         As the days unfolded, Hansen's challenge started to wane as Frenchman Thomas Levet hit the front.  Thomas had already won 4 times on tour but now as a forty year old, he was being tested by some of the younger generation and not just a younger generation but a rookie, Stuart Davis.  Davis got himself into the final group on Sunday alongside the more experienced Levet and was pumped up on Saturday night after an excellent third round.  After I suspect a rather sleepless night, it was up to Davis to try and close the gap quickly and no one could have foreseen the electric start of birdies at the first three holes.  The 35 year old on fire, unfortunately from that point onward his round caught fire and he went from world beater to carpet beater over the closing 15 holes to finish outside the top 10 but he must put the experience to good use and focus on the fact that he played well enough to be in the final group and next time he will better prepared.  Levet had the opposite start with mistakes on the card but showed everybody that even in the last round it is a marathon not a sprint; he never looked flustered or worried and in the end posted another sub 70 round for a comfortable win.  Credit must also go to Fabrizio Zanotti who finished with a 65 and his highest finish so far, 2nd on his own.  Thomas Bjorn looked dangerous again when he played the last 8 in 6 under par for 66 and his best effort this year.

                           And a word for the venue: It must surely host events in the future and could well become one of the players’ favourites.  It can only get better and better. 

-  Robert

 

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