English Championship R4

Andy Sullivan fights back tears as he wins in style

August 06-09
Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire, England
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


English Championship R4 - Andy Sullivan fights back tears as he wins in style
Andy Sullivan celebrates winning the English Championship (Adam Davy/PA Wire)


An emotional Andy Sullivan ended a near five-year wait for his fourth European Tour title as he recorded a seven-shot victory at the English Championship in Ware.


Heading into the final day at Hanbury Manor with a five-shot advantage, the 34-year-old saw his lead cut to just two by Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.

But while his challenger faltered over the closing stages, Sullivan recorded four birdies on the back nine to finish on 27 under par.



The victory was his first on the European Tour since the 2015 Portugal Masters and his first since the birth of his son and the deaths of both his brother-in-law as well as a close friend.

Tears flowed as he was greeted by his family via a laptop that was set up off the 18th green after he finished the round.


Asked at the winner’s press conference about his emotional reaction, he said: “I think it was just the people that have missed it for me.

“My brother-in-law was only 24 and got taken from us, so it’s quite emotional for him not to witness it. A good friend of mine has passed as well. It means a lot to do that for them.

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“It’s just nice for my family, to win for my little boy who’s only two-years-old. It’s just nice for him to see daddy being successful. He hasn’t quite seen that.

“Also for me, I can’t remember too much about my emotions in the first three wins but I was fighting the tears back on those last three holes. I was really just proud of myself for what I’ve achieved this week.”


Sullivan made a fine start with an eagle on the second but a bogey on the fourth coupled with five birdies for Otaegui saw the Spaniard move within three at the turn.

Otaegui holed from just off the green on the 12th to cut the lead to two shots but Sullivan responded with a gain at the same hole before he birdied the 14th and 15th to take charge.

His challenger faded and dropped a shot on the 17th and Sullivan finished with a flourish to birdie the last.

Rasmus Hojgaard ended on 19 under after a flawless 64 as the 19-year-old Dane recorded a third successive top six finish on the UK Swing.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Andy Sullivan
-27
66
62
64
65
257
2
Adrian Otaegui
-20
65
66
67
66
264
3
Rasmus Højgaard
-19
65
67
69
64
265
4
Wilco Nienaber
-18
68
65
67
66
266
5
Steven Brown
-17
66
65
66
70
267
T6
Dean Burmester
-16
66
63
69
70
268
T6
Brandon Stone
-16
65
66
67
70
268
T6
Min Woo Lee
-16
64
67
70
67
268
T9
Nicolas Colsaerts
-15
65
66
68
70
269
T9
Dave Coupland
-15
69
65
66
69
269
T9
Sean Crocker
-15
69
67
66
67
269
T9
Scott Jamieson
-15
74
63
68
64
269
T9
Scott Vincent
-15
64
70
68
67
269
T14
Marcus Armitage
-14
68
69
63
70
270
T14
Louis De Jager
-14
69
66
67
68
270
T14
Jamie Donaldson
-14
67
64
69
70
270
T14
Jason Scrivener
-14
64
69
66
71
270
T14
Jordan Smith
-14
68
65
67
70
270
T19
Ewen Ferguson
-13
67
70
69
65
271
T19
Ryan Fox
-13
67
67
66
71
271
T19
Andrew Johnston
-13
66
65
71
69
271
T19
Oscar Lengden
-13
65
66
70
70
271
T19
Chris Paisley
-13
68
65
70
68
271
T19
Cormac Sharvin
-13
63
70
69
69
271
T19
Connor Syme
-13
65
69
68
69
271
T26
Aaron Cockerill
-12
67
68
68
69
272
T26
Oliver Fisher
-12
67
68
69
68
272
T26
Nicolai Højgaard
-12
67
68
69
68
272
T26
Romain Langasque
-12
65
70
70
67
272
T26
Robin Roussel
-12
67
69
68
68
272
T26
Antoine Rozner
-12
67
69
69
67
272
T26
Martin Simonsen
-12
65
68
66
73
272
T26
Ben Stow
-12
70
67
64
71
272
T34
Laurie Canter
-11
64
65
70
74
273
T34
Lorenzo Gagli
-11
68
69
69
67
273
T34
Adrian Meronk
-11
66
69
71
67
273
T34
Thorbjørn Olesen
-11
66
70
70
67
273
T34
Renato Paratore
-11
69
67
69
68
273
T34
Andrea Pavan
-11
68
68
67
70
273
T34
Richie Ramsay
-11
66
68
69
70
273
T34
Johannes Veerman
-11
67
69
70
67
273
T34
Marc Warren
-11
68
68
67
70
273
T34
Lee Westwood
-11
66
69
68
70
273
T44
Alejandro Cañizares
-10
69
64
69
72
274
T44
Scott Hend
-10
71
66
70
67
274
T44
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-10
66
68
74
66
274
T44
Sihwan Kim
-10
67
65
72
70
274
T44
Aaron Rai
-10
68
69
68
69
274
T44
Ricardo Santos
-10
68
68
69
69
274
T44
Jack Senior
-10
65
72
68
69
274
T44
Toby Tree
-10
67
67
72
68
274
T44
Romain Wattel
-10
65
71
70
68
274
T53
Joachim B. Hansen
-9
69
66
70
70
275
T53
Justin Harding
-9
67
65
74
69
275
T53
Marcel Schneider
-9
67
70
69
69
275
T56
Richard Bland
-8
65
66
73
72
276
T56
Thomas Detry
-8
64
72
66
74
276
T56
David Drysdale
-8
65
70
70
71
276
T56
Bryce Easton
-8
66
69
72
69
276
T56
Julien Guerrier
-8
70
67
69
70
276
61
Matthew Southgate
-7
67
69
69
72
277
62
Richard McEvoy
-6
70
66
70
72
278
T63
Wil Besseling
-5
70
67
75
67
279
T63
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
70
67
70
72
279
T65
Pablo Larrazabal
-3
69
67
74
71
281
T65
Kalle Samooja
-3
67
70
71
73
281
T65
Lee Slattery
-3
69
67
71
74
281
T68
Rhys Enoch
-2
66
70
72
74
282
T68
David Howell
-2
64
71
73
74
282
70
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-1
71
66
73
73
283
T71
David Law
1
68
68
76
73
285
T71
Bernd Ritthammer
1
69
65
77
74
285
T71
Callum Shinkwin
1
68
67
69
81
285
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
-4
66
72
138
CUT
Ashley Chesters
-4
68
70
138
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-4
68
70
138
CUT
Oliver Farr
-4
72
66
138
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
-4
69
69
138
CUT
David Horsey
-4
68
70
138
CUT
Matthew Jordan
-4
67
71
138
CUT
Niklas Lemke
-4
66
72
138
CUT
Ross McGowan
-4
69
69
138
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
-4
69
69
138
CUT
Carlos Pigem
-4
69
69
138
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
-4
72
66
138
CUT
Max Schmitt
-4
66
72
138
CUT
Jack Singh Brar
-4
68
70
138
CUT
Justin Walters
-4
70
68
138
CUT
Eduardo De la Riva
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Ben Evans
-3
67
72
139
CUT
Liam Johnston
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Francesco Laporta
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Jake McLeod
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Garrick Porteous
-3
71
68
139
CUT
Joël Stalter
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Lars van Meijel
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Tom Gandy
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
-2
72
68
140
CUT
James Morrison
-2
70
70
140
CUT
Oliver Wilson
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Ross Fisher
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Daan Huizing
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Adrien Saddier
-1
68
73
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Dale Whitnell
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
E
72
70
142
CUT
Paul Dunne
E
70
72
142
CUT
Benjamin Poke
E
69
73
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
E
70
72
142
CUT
Graeme Storm
E
71
71
142
CUT
Thomas Bjørn
1
70
73
143
CUT
Michael Campbell
1
70
73
143
CUT
Damien Perrier
1
69
74
143
CUT
Joel Sjoholm
1
72
71
143
CUT
Julian Suri
1
68
75
143
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
1
70
73
143
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
2
72
72
144
CUT
JC Ritchie
2
74
70
144
CUT
Steven Tiley
2
73
71
144
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
4
75
71
146
CUT
Sam Horsfield
4
73
73
146
CUT
Zander Lombard
4
73
73
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
5
73
74
147
CUT
Haydn Porteous
5
73
74
147
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
10
77
75
152
CUT
James Ruebotham
13
80
75
155