Just one week after Austrian Bernd Wiesberger's playoff win over Tommy Fleetwood to win the Shenzhen International, LGA France's Alex Levy seals his SECOND Volvo China Open victory. Coincidentally, as Levy was lifting the trophy, preparations were being made just down the street at Beijing Bay Club for the Grand Opening of The Leadbetter Golf Academy Beijing, which took place on the following Monday.
"It's always nice to see your player win," said Wiesberger's coach Philippe De Busschere. "It's a well-deserved one as he's worked very hard in the last months and has been playing tremendous golf."
This marked Wiesberger's first time playing in the Shenzhen International, and only the 3rd year since it's inception. After going into the final round with a three-shot lead, Englishman Tommy Fleetwood fired a 63 to finish tied at 16-under. Wiesberger took the risky route over water while Fleetwood played safely into the fairway and found the heart of the green with his second shot. The pressure was on Wiesberger and he delivered, placing his approach to five feet and sinking the putt for birdie and the win. This win fell on Wiesberger's 200th event, and marks his fourth European Tour win.
"I'm feeling a bit relieved now I have to say," Wiesberger said. "I've had a stretch of really good events the last couple of months and it's really nice to have a trophy again."
The past two weeks marked both Wiesberger and Levy's fourth European Tour wins, and Levy's second China Open victory in the last 4 years. The 26-year-old Frenchmen started off Sunday seven shots behind Dylan Frittelli to produce the biggest final round comeback by a winner in the history of the tournament.
“It’s fantastic – I’m really happy as the 2014 Volvo China Open was when I got my first win on the tour so the event means a lot to me and I enjoy playing in China,” Levy said. “At the start of the round I was thinking maybe top three would be a good result but when I was on the 15th green and saw I was just one shot behind … that’s when I began to believe I could win the tournament."
Levy was joined on the 72nd green by long time LGA coach Alain Alberti, who directs The Leadbetter Golf Academy in Terre Blanche, on the southern coast of France. Alberti has been connected with Leadbetter since 1990, and also currently coaches Raphael Jacquelin, Julien Guerrier, and Jerome Lando-Casanova. LGA Terre Blanche features two 18-hole championship courses, one of which, the famed "Chateau Course" is the 7,300 yd. home of the annual French Riviera Masters, a Senior European Tour event held each September.
LGA France is also home to one of the top sports biomechanics centers in the world led by renowned biomechanist J.J. Rivet, as well as a large junior golf program young elite players from around the world work on their game year-round.
Meanwhile, on the other side of Beijing, David Leadbetter and his team were celebrating the grand opening of LGA Beijing, his third location in China thus far. Located at the renowned Beijing Bay Club, the 31,000 sq. ft. facility includes a 58-bay outdoor driving range and over 30 indoor golf simulator rooms. LGA Beijing will also offer a state-of-the-art golf performance center and Leadbetter Kids introduction to golf programs aimed at growing the game of golf in China.
LGA Beijing's coaching staff is led by one of Leadbetter's most experienced instructors Paul Aitken from England, and former PGA Tour player Larry Degenhart from the U.S.A., along with 6 experienced Chinese golf professionals currently completing the LGA Instructor Certification.