Johannesburg a happy hunting ground for Sullivan

Andy Sullivan made it two out of two wins in Johannesburg this season as he hit a final round of 66 on Sunday in the Joburg Open at The Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC.

Sullivan’s previous win came in January at the South African Open Championship.

The field was host to a strong set of British players, with over 20 British players starting the tournament on Thursday.

Along with Sullivan, Anthony Wall and David Howell qualified for The Open, held at St.Andrews in mid-July, through this event.

The three Englishmen headed the leader board for the majority of the last day, with it changing hands a number of times between the three of them, right up to Sullivan’s last hole it was not clear who was going to win.

It was not all about just those three of the English group in the field though, going in to the last day, six of the last seven groups featured an Englishman.

A group that was led by Steve Webster who started the day two shots off the leader, Wallie Coetsee, but the Nuneaton golfer could not push on in his last round, shooting one-over finishing six shots back of Sullivan.

David Howell led on the last day and was tipped to hold out, having held his nerve at big tour events in the past, including the BMW PGA Championship and winning points for the European Ryder Cup team over the years. A front nine of four-under put him at the top of the leaderboard but a back nine of one over par while others made their advances meant he had to settle for second place.

Anthony Wall tied second with Howell, he was in contention right in to the evening, after starting his final round with an eagle three at the first hole, just like Howell an average back nine of one-under-par was not enough to withstand the low scoring of Sullivan.

Sullivan, winning his second event of the season, started the week with a par-71 first round, but a second round of seven-under moved him right up the leaderboard going into the weekend. His round of four-under-par on moving day put him three shots of the lead at the end of play. On the final day, he shot a sensational five-under front nine and put himself to the top of the leaderboard outright, a back-nine score of one-under was enough to endure the competition and win the Joburg Open.

One Englishman that went the wrong way on the last day was Simon Dyson, shooting three-over on the last day.

In terms of the race to Dubai, Danny Willett remains in top spot despite not playing in the last two tournaments. Winner Sullivan moves in to seventh place with his win, surely he will move up the world rankings in the months to come from his current position of 73rd.

A truly scintillating weekend of golf for the viewer, with each golfer going through each emotion through the week with the fans going through it with them. We can only hope that some of the lower ranked golfers deliver such a master class for the fans at the Africa Open in East London, South Africa next week.


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