Thomas Levet

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Thomas Levet
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Levet
Born (1968-09-05) 5 September 1968 (age 45)
Paris, France
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  France
Residence Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
Spouse Caroline (m. 1998)
Children Gregoire (b. 1998), Juliette (b. 2000),
Charlotte (b. 2004)
Career
Turned professional 1988
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 6
Other 6
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T13: 2005
U.S. Open T18: 2002
The Open Championship T2: 2002
PGA Championship T51: 2009

Thomas 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)[edit]

European Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 19 Apr 1998 Cannes Open −6 (69-71-65-73=278) 1 stroke Wales Phillip Price, Germany Sven Strüver
New Zealand Greg Turner
2 3 Jun 2001 Victor Chandler British Masters −14 (69-69-67-69=274) Playoff Sweden Mathias Grönberg, England David Howell
Sweden Robert Karlsson
3 11 Jul 2004 Barclays Scottish Open −15 (70-67-69-63=269) 1 stroke New Zealand Michael Campbell
4 30 Mar 2008 MAPFRE Open de Andalucia −16 (69-68-68-67=272) Playoff England Oliver Fisher
5 3 May 2009 Open de España −18 (64-67-71-68=270) 2 strokes Paraguay Fabrizio Zanotti
6 3 Jul 2011 Alstom Open de France −7 (70-70-67-70=277) 1 stroke England Mark Foster, Denmark Thorbjørn Olesen

European Tour playoff record (2–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2001 Victor Chandler British Masters Sweden Mathias Gronberg, England David Howell,
Sweden Robert Karlsson
Won with birdie on third extra hole
Howell and Karlsson eliminated with par on first hole
2 2002 The Open Championship Australia Stuart Appleby, Australia Steve Elkington,
South Africa Ernie Els
Els won with par on first extra hole after four-hole playoff
Els (4-3-5-4) and Levet (4-3-5-4) beat Appleby (4-3-5-5) and Elkington (5-3-4-5)
3 2004 Telecom Italia Open Northern Ireland Graeme McDowell Lost to par on fourth extra hole
4 2008 MAPFRE Open de Andalucia England Oliver Fisher Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (6)[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T49
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP T13 CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP T18 DNP CUT T52 DNP DNP CUT T45
The Open Championship DNP T66 T2 T22 T5 T34 DNP DNP DNP T38
PGA Championship DNP DNP 71 DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP T51
Tournament 2010 2011
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
The Open Championship 0 1 0 2 2 3 9 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Totals 0 1 0 2 2 5 22 13
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1999 Open Championship – 2002 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quotes of the Week". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Levet victorious at Spanish Open". BBC Sport. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Levet wins home tournament". European Tour. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Levet to miss Open after fracturing his shin jumping into lake". Guardian. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 

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