‘Hope­fully we’ll get the crowds go­ing’

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Andy Sul­li­van hopes to be paired with Rory McIl­roy when he makes his de­but in the Ry­der Cup be­gin­ning on Fri­day at Hazel­tine. The three-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner, who is one of six rook­ies in the Dar­ren Clarke’s Euro­pean side, im­pressed while play­ing along­side McIl­roy twice in Dubai. The pair went head-to-head last Novem­ber at the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship and again this year at the Dubai Desert Clas­sic. And Sul­li­van hopes he would be able to feed off the four-time ma­jor cham­pion and fire up the crowd. “Every time we’ve played to­gether we’ve got on re­ally well,” said Sul­li­van. “We’ve played a lot of prac­tice rounds ahead of ma­jors this year and it just seems to work. “I get on re­ally well with him and his game is just ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. He’s just start­ing to work with Phil Kenyon, who I’ve worked with for a long time, so hope­fully we’ll go out there and hole some putts to get the crowds go­ing. “Dar­ren will have his own ideas who he’ll want to play to­gether, but I know who I’d like to play with.” Sul­li­van also be­lieves Europe’s new­com­ers will cope with the pres­sure in Hazel­tine. He said: “Rook­ies are not what they use to be. The rook­ies have all played in big tour­na­ments and per­formed in high-pres­sure sit­u­a­tions.”

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