SULLY FIRED UP FOR RACE FINISH
Englishman hopes to use second place finish as a springboard for success
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.