Levet bursts with delight

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Thomas Levet described himself as living out a dream today when he finally captured the French Open championship 25 years after first playing in it.

Tipped as a possible captain when the Ryder Cup is staged at Le Golf National near Paris in 2018, the 42-year-old local hero triumphed on the course by a shot from England’s Mark Foster and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

Former cup player Levet came into the event ranked 352nd in the world, but from three behind with a round to go, a closing one under par 70 gave him a nail-biting victory worth over £442,000.

“It was just crazy - the way it went was just like a dream,” he said after Olesen had missed a four-foot par putt on the last and then long-time leader Foster had left a 20-foot birdie attempt short.