|Full name||Thomas Levet|
5 September 1968 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Residence||Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States|
|Spouse||Caroline (m. 1998)|
|Children||Gregoire (b. 1998), Juliette (b. 2000),
Charlotte (b. 2004)
|Current tour(s)||European Tour|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T13: 2005|
|U.S. Open||T18: 2002|
|The Open Championship||T2: 2002|
|PGA Championship||T51: 2009|
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, however he has made strides to overcome the condition, and has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
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. 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. 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.
Professional wins (12)
European Tour wins (6)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Apr 1998||Cannes Open||–6 (69-71-65-73=278)||1 stroke|| Phillip Price, Sven Strüver
|2||3 Jun 2001||Victor Chandler British Masters||–14 (69-69-67-69=274)||Playoff|| Mathias Grönberg, David Howell
|3||11 Jul 2004||Barclays Scottish Open||–15 (70-67-69-63=269)||1 stroke||Michael Campbell|
|4||30 Mar 2008||MAPFRE Open de Andalucia||–16 (69-68-68-67=272)||Playoff||Oliver Fisher|
|5||3 May 2009||Open de España||–18 (64-67-71-68=270)||2 strokes||Fabrizio Zanotti|
|6||3 Jul 2011||Alstom Open de France||–7 (70-70-67-70=277)||1 stroke||Mark Foster, Thorbjørn Olesen|
European Tour playoff record (2–2)
|1||2001||Victor Chandler British Masters|| Mathias Gronberg, David Howell,
|Won with birdie on third extra hole
Howell and Karlsson eliminated with par on first hole
|2||2002||The Open Championship|| Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington,
|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||Graeme McDowell||Lost to par on fourth extra hole|
|4||2008||MAPFRE Open de Andalucia||Oliver Fisher||Won with par on first extra hole|
Other wins (6)
- 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
|The Open Championship||CUT||T49|
|The Open Championship||DNP||T66||T2||T22||T5||T34||DNP||DNP||DNP||T38|
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.
- Starts – 22
- Wins – 0
- 2nd place finishes – 1
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 1
- Top 5 finishes – 2
- Top 10 finishes – 2
- Top 25 finishes – 5
- Missed cuts – 8
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
- Jacques Léglise Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 1985
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing France): 1988
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing France): 1992, 1998, 2000
- World Cup (representing France): World Cup, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009
- Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2002, 2005
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners)
- "Quotes of the Week". BBC Sport. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "Levet victorious at Spanish Open". BBC Sport. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
- "Levet wins home tournament". European Tour. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
- "Thomas Levet to miss Open after fracturing his shin jumping into lake". Guardian. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- Thomas Levet at the European Tour official site
- Thomas Levet at the PGA Tour official site
- Thomas Levet at the Official World Golf Ranking official site