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European Open 2016: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize Money Payouts

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2016

Alexander Levy of France plays off a bunker during the final round at the Porsche European Open at the Golf Resort in Bad Griesbach near Passau, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Alexander Levy won the 2016 European Open, but only after surviving a playoff against Ross Fisher, after both players finished 19 under par in Bad Griesbach, Germany on Sunday. Levy had a healthy advantage at the start of the day, but a pair of bogeys late on the back nine let Fisher close the gap.

There was still high drama, though, when Fisher couldn't sink a birdie putt to win it. A playoff unfolded, and Levy triumphed at the second hole.

Levy thought he had overcome a nightmare start featuring three bogeys over the first four holes. However, things came unstuck again when he hit a fourth bogey, this one at the 16th. A disastrous approach shot on the par-four 18 appeared to have doomed Levy. 

By contrast, Fisher got better the deeper he went along the course. He sank a pair of birdies over the final four holes but couldn't manage one on the 18th, with his putt going agonisingly close.

It means Levy claims the €333,330 (£288,644) prize money.

Here's what the final leaderboard looks like:

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European Open 2016 Final Leaderboard
PositionPlayerTo ParSunday ScoreOverall
T1Alexander Levy-1964194
T1Ross Fisher-1969194
T3Robert Karlsson-1665197
T3Michael Jonzon-1668197
5Bernd Wiesberger-1567198
6Martin Kaymer-1468199
T7Gregory Havret-1365200
T7Richard Bland-1366200
T7Eduardo de la Riva-1366200
T7Matthew Southgate-1367200
EuropeanTour.com

For a full list of the prize money, go to GolfAndCourse.com.

All scorecard information from the European Tour official site.

     

Recap

Fisher began the day five shots shy of Levy, the leader after two rounds. But the former started the third round with some prolific scoring to help close the gap.

Fisher closed out the front nine with consecutive birdies. The Englishman was just three shots off the lead after the 14th hole. A birdie at the par-four 15 kept Fisher in touch.

However, he turned up the heat when he dropped in a long birdie on the par-four 16. The European Tour official site relayed highlights of this crucial putt:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Big putt. Big moment. The gap at the top is now 1. https://t.co/0WWzP8RpxE https://t.co/MxgtJoMcTX

The tide had turned once Levy slipped to a bogey on the 16th. It was a far cry from the Frenchman's earlier performance. Levy had been staying in front thanks to steady form on the back nine:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

🐦 par 🐦 par 🐦 @alexlevygolf hits 20 under and is in control. https://t.co/emES7e6pbZ

Levy's day had actually started badly when he was guilty of three bogeys over the first five holes. But he mixed in a pair of birdies, with this one on the par-three second standing out:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

How do you respond to an opening bogey? Just like this. https://t.co/1qFU5uz7Fq

The Frenchman also birdied the par-five 10th and 12th before sinking another birdie on the par-three 14th. Yet, events at the 16th meant Levy's lead had become a slender one.

Still only one shot separated Levy and Fisher on the way to the par-four 18th. Things got worse when Levy's approach shot to the green went way off target, unlike Fisher's steady effort:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Two very different approach shots. '#EOGolf https://t.co/B2hUp3Dh5t

This snap shows how much trouble Levy was in after two shots on the final hole:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

This is where Levy's approach ended up. #EOGolf https://t.co/HHABveW7UT

But he received a reprieve when Fisher dragged his birdie putt inches too long. He had to settle for par, giving Levy back the initiative.

The leader at the start of the day duly took it. A bogey putt was enough for him to force the playoff:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Fisher can't make the birdie putt and Levy sinks his bogey putt. We're level at 19 under. It's a play-off #EOGolf https://t.co/4niiuNVas9

Fisher had been unlucky, but he did get the honour of going first in the playoff, a possible sign his luck was turning. Yet, his tee shot was a poor one, making life difficult for the Englishman.

Still, the two players traded pars on the first playoff hole. But Levy went one better on the second extra hole to finally settle things:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Congratulations @alexlevygolf - winner of the 2016 Porsche European Open. 🏆 https://t.co/4emJgfXXu0

Fisher offered his congratulations to the victor on social media:

Ross Fisher @RossFisher

Amazing week @eogolf @EuropeanTour Congrats @alexlevygolf worthy champ 🏆 Thanks for all support this week Fans were great and all messages👍🏻

Levy wasn't the only player to overcome a sluggish start. Surprise package Michael Jonzon had second place all to himself after two rounds, but a run of three straight bogeys on the front nine sent him tumbling down the leaderboard.

A hat-trick of birdies over the first five holes of the back nine helped Jonzon stage a brief recovery. Another birdie, this one at the 15th, got him back on track.

A solid final round of 68 helped Jonzon share third place with fellow countryman Robert Karlsson.

Local player Martin Kaymer was another man who was trying to make his move. The German managed a quartet of birdies and 10 pars over the first 14 holes:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Kaymer is making a move. He's now two off the lead. 🇩🇪 https://t.co/FewhvhOAvP

However, a bogey at the par-four 15th stunted Kaymer's progress. Pars at the 16th and 17th holes weren't enough to give Kaymer the push back up the board he needed. He finished five shots off the top at 14 under par.

By contrast, Levy got the breaks he needed late on. Overall, he did just enough to merit the victory after leading from day one. 

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