Monday, May 04, 2009

GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Thomas Levet became the first Frenchman to win five PGA European Tour titles on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to win the Spanish Open by two strokes over Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay.

American John Daly, who is serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour, closed with a 69 for his best round of the tournament. He tied for 31st at 3 under.

Leading Zanotti by one stroke, Levet had a birdie at No. 15 and added another at No. 17 to finish at 18-under 270.

He dedicated the victory to golf great Seve Ballesteros, who is battling cancer.

``I always think about Seve,'' Levet said. ``He is having a hard time at the moment.''

Zanotti finished with a 65 on the same course where he got through qualifying school to get his Tour card only six months ago.

``This is more pressure,'' Zanotti said. ``It was my first time in this situation and I am very happy.''

Defending champion Peter Lawrie (69) and Thomas Bjorn (66) finished tied for third at 14 under.

Daly, a former British Open champion, is playing in Europe for a month and hopes his play will continue to improve at the Italian Open.

``I've struck the ball pretty good and only made two long putts all week, but in the last two rounds I hit a lot (that) I thought I had made,'' he said.

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