France’s Alexander Levy notched a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Volvo China Open over South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli on Sunday.
Levy was seven strokes behind the South African after 54 holes, but shot a 67 on Sunday to roar back to force a playoff. After shooting an opening-round 63 on Thursday, Levy was just 3-under in Rounds 2 and 3. Frittelli was just the opposite, starting with a 70 before firing back-to-back rounds of 63 and 64 on Friday and Saturday.
He was still down five strokes to Frittelli at the halfway point on Sunday, but made up three strokes in two holes when he birdied No. 11 and the South African double-bogeyed No. 12 with a 7.
He closed within a stroke of the lead when Frittelli bogeyed No. 16 and notched a birdie on No. 18 to force the playoff. It was the first time in the tournament that Frittelli did not birdie No. 18.
Pablo Larrazabal finished third, two strokes off the lead thanks to a sluggish start in which he bogeyed No. 1 and No. 2 on Sunday.
It’s the fourth career win for Levy, and his second time claiming the Volvo China Open. His first European Tour win came there in 2014.