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Profile: Thomas Levet

Thomas Levet
  • Birthplace: Paris, France
  • Residence: Warfield, Berkshire, England
  • Birthdate: 5 Sep 1968
  • Age: 36
  • Turned Professional: 1988

Ryder Cup Record


Career Victories

European Tour

3 - 1998 Cannes Open, 2001 Victor Chandler British Masters, 2004 The Barclays Scottish Open


6 - 1988 French PGA Championship, 1990 National Omnium, 1991 French PGA Championship, 1992 Championnat de France Pro, 1997 Toulouse Open, New Caledonia French Masters

Player Notes

Thomas Levet will make his Ryder Cup debut at Oakland Hills but the mercurial Frenchman will be anything but overawed by the occasion.

Levet, who won The 2004 Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and then finished in a tie for fifth place at The 133rd Open Championship the following week, is a player who loves to rise to any high pressure challenge.

The 36 year old was inspirational in winning at Loch Lomond, closing the tournament with a sensational eight under par 63 - the biggest final round comeback (seven shots) on The 2004 European Tour International Schedule. He followed that with a stirring performance at the Open at Royal Troon, where he cemented his reputation not only as a great player, but as a player who loves to entertain and thrill the golfing public - much to the delight of the Scottish crowds.

The bubbly Frenchman will not be at Oakland Hills Country Club just to please the fans on his Ryder Cup debut, though. Levet's match play record in The Seve Trophy (which sees Great Britain and Ireland take on Continental Europe in a similar format to The Ryder Cup) highlights his Ryder Cup pedigree.

Playing in the 2002 Seve Trophy, Levet - and his playing partner Raphael Jacquelin - fought back from two down against his new Ryder Cup team mates Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood to win two and one, and followed that up with an afternoon win over another two Ryder Cup players, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley.

Day Two of the 2002 Seve Trophy brought Levet's first and only defeat of the weekend before himself and Jacquelin halved their afternoon match with the Scottish duo of Paul Lawrie and Andrew Oldcorn.

Levet rounded off the week with a singles victory over Englishman Steve Webster and in doing so gave every indication that he could go on to success in The Ryder Cup. The time has come for the Frenchman to deliver.


Just like Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie in 1999, came agonisingly close to becoming the first Frenchman to win the Open Golf Championship since Arnaud Massy in 1907. Shot 66 in the final round at Muirfield in 2002 to tie with Stuart Appleby, Steve Elkington and Ernie Els. After again tieing with Els in the initial four hole play-off, he lost to the South African in sudden-death. Became first Frenchman to play on US PGA Tour in 1994 after taking 18th place in Qualifying School and divided his time between Europe and America in 2003. Struggled in 1996 and 1997 and received invite, as a result of his ranking on the French Tour, to play in 1998 Cannes Open which he subsequently won, becoming the first winner on home soil since Jean Garaialde took the French Open in 1969. A play-off figured in his first title outside France too, the Victor Chandler British Masters, after a four-way shoot out at Woburn's Marquess Course in 2001. Son of a Parisian doctor and born into a true sporting family. His father was a first class hockey and tennis player, his mother played for France at volleyball and his grandfather was a professional cyclist.

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