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Thomas Levet of the European team during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 14 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Thomas Levet of the European team during the first practice day for the 35th Ryder Cup Matches, at the Oakland Hills Country Club on September, 14 2004 in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Levet Hits Headlines at Home


September 15, 2004

It is not a very well known fact but Thomas Levet and his captain Bernhard Langer go a long way back. Nearly 20 years ago a young Levet caddied for Langer in an exhibition match at La Boulie in France. It was 1985, the year that Langer won the Masters tournament, and Levet was a promising cadet at club. This week at The 35th Ryder Cup Matches Levet will once again serve Langer this time in the biggest tournament of his career.

Levet becomes only the second Frenchman to play in the Ryder Cup this week and the likeable 36 year old is delighted that the press at home have grasped the magnitude of the occasion.

"Even when I won The Barclays Scottish Open or lost in a play-off at the Open articles were like fifth of the size they are at the moment," said Levet.

"It just became enormous this week, the print has just kicked off. At the moment this week Amelie Maurismo has as much as I have because she just reached number one in tennis. It's equivalent to that, it's enormous," added the Frenchman, who finished sixth on the rankings for the European Team thanks to victory in this year's Barclays Scottish Open.

Jean Van de Velde was the first Frenchman to play in The Ryder Cup when he made the Team in 1999 and Levet is psyched up to make it a great debut.

"We all want to win. It was clear yesterday night in our welcome dinner, both Captains want to play fair and they just want to play - that their team plays the best and never give up. I think the games will be beautiful to watch," said Levet.

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