France lift Eisenhower Trophy in Argentina

France celebrate their Eisenhower Trophy victory.Johann Lopez-Lazaro and Alexander Levy of France each shot even-par 72 to propel France to victory at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships and lift the Eisenhower Trophy at Buenos Aires Golf Club. Four strokes separated them from second-placed Denmark, with the USA a further shot behind.

“It is unbelievable. It is fantastic,” said 2009 French Amateur Champion Levy, 20, who finished second in the individual standings. “It is a great moment.”

World number three Romain Wattel, who shot a non-counting 74, finished one stroke behind Levy in third place.

“It is fabulous for France and for our Federation and for all French golfers,” Wattel said. “It has been a great week.”

With a seven-under-par total of 423, the French fended off the Danes and Americans in the last 12 holes of the championship, which was shortened to 54 holes due to adverse weather conditions.

In that stretch, Lopez-Lazaro, the 2010 Portuguese Amateur Champion, overcame a poor start, which included two bogeys and a double bogey in his first six holes, by posting four birdies and no bogeys.  His 25-foot birdie-putt on the 18th hole gave him a final nine-hole score of three-under-par 33. Levy holed a critical 50-foot birdie putt on the par-five 17th hole, and was even par over the final 12-hole stretch.

It's fabulous for France and for our Federation and for all French golfers.
Romain Wattel

“I looked at the leaderboard on 17 and saw France at five under and the Danish at four under,” Levy said. “Then, I made that birdie. It was great.”

Because of poor weather during the second round, the championship was reduced to 54 holes with the French leading at the end of each round. With a compressed schedule, the top 17 teams started their third rounds on Sunday. The leading teams played at Buenos Aires Golf Club, while the others competed at Olivos Golf Club. Winds gusted to approximately 20-30 mph most of the day.

In the top 10, the USA was followed by New Zealand, in fourth, at 435; defending champions Scotland in fifth at 436; Ireland at 439 in sixth and Germany at 440 in seventh. England, Belgium and Canada shared eighth place on 441.

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