Levy vows to bounce back

After narrowly missing out on victory at the BMW Masters, Alexander Levy is even more determined to triumph at this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions.

The 24-year-old Frenchman went into the final round at Lake Malaren with a four-stroke advantage having dominated the tournament over the first three days.

However, on a windy Sunday, he struggled to match his performances earlier in the week and had to settle for a six-over-par 78, which resulted in a sudden-death play-off with Germany’s Marcel Siem and England’s Ross Fisher. Siem then won the coveted event in Shanghai on the first play-off hole.

Despite the disappointment of missing out the coveted BMW Masters title, Levy made the 50-km trip to Sheshan International Golf Club for this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions eager to produce another strong showing.

“Here it is, four big events so the first one was a good preparation, wasn’t it,” Levy told the European Tour’s Will Pearson on Tuesday.

“I wanted to produce very good golf right away and I managed to be on it from the very first tournament. Now I have to surf on this wave, I am playing really well and I need to keep this feeling.

“My game was so accurate during the BMW Masters and hitting good shots give you confidence.

“But the last day it was so windy, I struggled with my putting. But honestly I did not miss that many shots, it was more strategy mistakes. I hit two wonderful three irons on the 17th and the 18th during the play-off. It could have been better rewarded but that is the game. The final score 78 does not reflect my level of golf.

“I have been working on my putting before the Final Series but I lost it in the wind that day.

“I struggled on Sunday last week but I have found a little something this morning with the rhythm and I will try to work on it this afternoon and tomorrow then I will try to start at break-neck speed on Thursday as I did during three days last week.”

The runner-up finish on Sunday meant Levy goes into the second of the European Tour’s finals series in seventh place in The Race to Dubai.

In that respect, the 2014 season on the European Tour has been a break-out one for the player who hails from southern France.

He started the year ranked 226th on the world golf rankings, but after victories at the Volvo China Open and the Portugal Masters, Levy finds himself ranked 59th.