English­man hopes to use sec­ond place fin­ish as a spring­board for suc­cess

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Andy Sul­li­van re­fused to be dis­ap­pointed with his sec­ond-place fin­ish at the Por­tu­gal Masters and in­stead hopes he can carry his good form into the Euro­pean Tour Fi­nal Se­ries next month.

The 29-year-old had a share of the lead at the half­way stage in Por­tu­gal as he looked to de­fend his ti­tle, but was de­nied top spot by Ire­land’s Padraig Har­ring­ton, who fin­ished one shot clear of Sul­li­van on 23 un­der par.

De­spite fail­ing to be­come the first man to de­fend the ti­tle at Vil­am­oura, Sul­li­van was proud of his ef­fort and is now con­cen­trat­ing on fin­ish­ing the sea­son on a high.

“I just couldn’t get any­thing to drop on the back nine,” said Sul­li­van.

“It was frus­trat­ing, I gave my­self so many chances but it wasn’t my day on the greens.

“I’m still mas­sively proud of the way I’ve come out here and tried to de­fend my ti­tle. The fans were great, un­for­tu­nately I couldn’t de­liver another win but fair play to Paddy, he played great.

“There are a lot of pos­i­tives to take from the week, I can’t wait to get stuck into the Fi­nal Se­ries and fin­ish the sea­son well.”

Sul­li­van was once again well sup­ported with 70 mem­bers of ‘Team Sulli’ mak­ing the trip to the Vic­to­ria Clube de Golfe to watch their man in ac­tion. Those fans are likely to be out in force once again at the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship in Dubai next month, where Sul­li­van will be hop­ing he can go one bet­ter than in 2015.

The pop­u­lar Bri­ton led af­ter each of the first three rounds be­fore be­ing pipped to the ti­tle by Rory McIl­roy, who also won the Race to Dubai ti­tle.

Speak­ing af­ter his near miss last year, Sul­li­van said: “For me it doesn’t re­ally get any bet­ter than that. Just to come up headto-head with some­one of Rory’s qual­ity, it was ab­so­lutely awe­some and some­thing that will stick with me for a long time.”

Sul­li­van is as­sured of a place in the DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship and is cur­rently 13th in the Race to Dubai rank­ings with just three events left be­fore the sea­so­nend­ing event at Jumeirah Golf Es­tates.

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