Alexander Levy claims play-off win over Dylan Frittelli at China Open
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 30/04/17 3:27pm
Alexander Levy claimed a fourth European Tour title with a dramatic play-off victory over Dylan Frittelli at the Volvo China Open.
The Frenchman began the day seven shots off the pace but fired a five-under 67 at Topwin Golf and Country Club to join Frittelli on 17 under, before prevailing with a birdie at the first extra hole.
Taking a three-shot lead into the final round, Frittelli saw his advantage extended to five strokes when Pablo Larrazabal three-putted the first and dropped another shot at the next.
Frittelli cancelled out a three-putt bogey from the fifth fringe with a tap-in gain at the seventh, as Larrazabal birdied the eighth move the Spaniard within four of the lead.
Three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the turn lifted Levy alongside Larrazabal, with the pair seeing their deficit halved to two when Frittelli double-bogeyed the 12th after a wild tee shot.
Levy cut the gap to one with a birdie at the 15th, as Frittelli picked up a shot at the same hole but bogeyed the par-three next when his tee shot landed near a rock.
Frittelli holed a 12-footer from save par at the 17th but saw his lead disappear when Levy made a two-putt birdie at the last, with the South African leaving his putt for victory at the 18th short.
Larrazabal birdied the final hole to close a level-par 72 and grab third spot, with Shenzhen International champion Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Wood a shot back in fourth.
A round-of-the-day 66 from Y.E Yang gave the former PGA champion a share of sixth alongside Ross Fisher, with George Coetzee a further stroke back.
Defending champion Haotong Li posted a two-under 70 to sit tied-11th with Mike Lorenzo-Vera, who fired four consecutive birdies on the back nine.