Levy wins Hero Challenge under the lights


Alex Levy defeated Alex Noren to win the European Tour’s Hero Challenge.

The event was held Tuesday night, under the lights, at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England, site of this week’s British Masters. It featured eight players in the tournament field competing in a head-to-head, single-elimination, knockout challenge – complete with pyrotechnics.

They all played a 145-yard, par-3 hole. The lowest aggregate score advanced to the next round. If players tied, whoever hit it closest to the hole originally advanced.

The first round featured: British Masters tournament host Luke Donald vs. Jeev Milka Singh; Levy vs. Andy Sullivan; Bernd Wiesberger vs. Noren; and Shane Lowry vs. Andrew “Beef” Johnston.

Donald, Levy and Noren easily won their opening matches by hitting the green while their opponents did not. Lowry and Johnston both hit the green and both three-putted for bogey. But because Lowry was closer, 39 feet to 51 feet, with his tee shot, he moved on to the semifinals.

In the first semifinal match, Donald and Levy both hit the green and three-putted. Levy moved on to the finals, hitting his tee shot to 22 feet, compared to Donald at 47 feet.

In the second semifinal match, Noren and Lowry each struck their tee shots to 28 feet, with Noren inches closer. Noren two-putted to move on to face Levy.

In the finals, Levy hit it to 15 feet, Noren to twice that. An easy Levy two-putt secured the victory.

“I won, like, three weeks ago, I have the same feeling now. Same pressure when I putt. It’s amazing,” said Levy, who won 10,000 pounds for charity. “It’s the first time [for the event], but I hope it’s not the last.”