Sul­li­van wants more Sun­shine glory

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

South African golfers will be do­ing their best to stop Andy Sul­li­van from snatch­ing glory from un­der their noses as the English­man de­fends his Joburg Open ti­tle this week.

The tour­na­ment kicks off at the Royal Jo­han­nes­burg & Kens­ing­ton Club on Thurs­day.

Mzansi play­ers had been dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings since 2010, when Charl Schwartzel won two years in a row.

The 2014 edi­tion saw Ge­orge Coet­zee lift the crown box).

In be­tween, the other South African vic­tors were Bran­den

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4 Grace (2012) and Richard Sterne (2013).

Then came 29-year-old Sul­li­van. The War­wick­shire-born player pro­duced a bril­liant clos­ing 66 to win the open and claim a sec­ond Euro­pean Tour ti­tle on Mzansi soil in as many months.

A week be­fore, he had se­cured his maiden vic­tory at the SA Open Cham­pi­onship at Glen­dower Golf Club in Gaut­eng, which he wrapped up with -11 af­ter a play-off against Schwartzel.

The cham­pi­onship is cur­rently in progress and sched­uled to end to­day at the same venue where Sul­li­van is the de­fend­ing cham­pion. How­ever, Sul­li­van looked un­likely to re­peat his feat.

The Joburg Open car­ries the largest tour­na­ment field in the world, with 210 play­ers.

The chal­leng­ing course is di­vided into the West and East cour­ses for the first two rounds, with half a field apiece com­pet­ing to make it to day three.

The last two days will see con­tes­tants pit their skills against each other on the East Course. The cut will be to the top 65 and ties.

The top three will gain au­to­matic en­try into the Bri­tish Open, which tees off at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scot­land in July. The lu­cra­tive Bri­tish Open is one of the world’s old­est ma­jors. The last South African to take the ti­tle was Ernie Els in 2012.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

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36 AT­TACK Zolani Tete (right) and Mex­i­can Di­uhl Ol­guin at their ju­nior ban­tamweight clash in Septem­ber

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