Andy Sullivan close to ending five-year title drought in English Champs

Andy Sullivan. Pic: Getty Images/ European Tour

Hertfordshire, Aug 8: Andy Sullivan moved to within touching distance of his first European Tour title in five years, extending his English Championship lead to five shots after day three at Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club.

The 33-year-old is aiming to become the second Englishman in successive weeks to win on home soil in the UK Swing after his compatriot Sam Horsfield claimed last week’s Hero Open title.

Sullivan followed his first round 66 with his course-record second round 62 and a super 64 in the third round, which included two eagles on the front nine.

The 2016 Ryder Cup player’s round almost got off to the most spectacular of starts when he was just four feet away from holing an albatross hole-in-one at the par four first. He tapped in for an opening eagle two.

He picked up a second eagle at the par five ninth and three birdies in the last five holes to shoot 7-under par round for a 21 under total.

He enters the final day five strokes clear of his nearest challenger, Steven Brown, whose five under par 66 moved him to 16 under par while Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone is one of three players in a share of third on 15 under par, alongside fellow South African Dean Burmester and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui.

India’s Shubhankar Sharma missed the cut on Friday.

Andy Sullivan, said “I was just trying to focus on a shot at a time. I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but really trying to control what I could do out there today. I was swinging it well and just trying to give myself as many chances as possible. As I was swinging it well a lot of shots came off today and I gave myself a lot of chances. It was good fun out there.

“Four under for the front nine the way the week has been going was pretty normal. Everyone has been going pretty low. It’s a golf course where you can’t rest on your laurels. You’ve still got to go after it and try to make birdies but also be sensible.

“I didn’t realise I was five in front until I was coming up the last. I was just trying to make as many birdies as possible to be honest without forcing a mistake… like a three putt on 13. Just trying to control my situation and keep hitting the good golf shots that I have been hitting all week.

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