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Sullivan doubles up in Johannesburg

Andy Sullivan produced a brilliant closing 66 to win the Joburg Open and claim a second European Tour title on South African soil in as many months.

Sullivan claimed his maiden title at the South African Open Championship at Glendower in January, just a few miles down the road from Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club where a 17 under par total saw Sullivan finish two shots clear of compatriots David Howell and Anthony Wall, Ireland’s Kevin Phelan and South Africans Wallie Coetsee and Jaco Van Zyl.

There were also three places in the field at St Andrews available via The Open Qualifying Series, and it was a clean sweep of English players who took them with Sullivan joined by Howell and Wall in the year’s third Major by virtue of their higher position in the Official World Golf Ranking.

The 28 year old Sullivan, the highest ranked player in the field this week, began the final round three shots behind overnight leader Coetsee, but moved to the top of a crowded leaderboard with five birdies in a flawless front nine of 32. A bogey on the 11th dropped the former Walker Cup player a shot behind Howell, who had gone to the turn in 33, only for Howell to hook his tee shot into the water on the 14th.

Kevin Phelan closed with a brilliant 66 to share second place behind Andy Sullivan and  it was a career best finish for the former Walker Cup star and while he missed out on his maiden win, finishing two shots behind Sullivan at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington

“It’s unbelievable,” Sullivan said at the presentation ceremony. “I never imagined it would happen again so quickly. Coming down the stretch me and my caddie were loving life again and enjoying it. It seems to be a theme, enjoying my golf and getting the right results at the moment.”

Sullivan won a trip into space for a hole-in-one during last year’s KLM Open and added: “I think I am already there to be honest with you. I am on the crest of a wave at the moment and I don’t want it to end. I just want it to keep going.

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