Golf in Dubai Championship R1

Sullivan on Fire with course record in Dubai

December 02-05
Fire Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai
€1,200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Golf in Dubai Championship 2020 R1 - Sullivan on Fire with course record in Dubai
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Andy Sullivan shot a stunning 11 under par round of 61 to set a new Fire Course record at Jumeirah Golf Estates and take a two shot lead into round two of the inaugural Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.


“It’s funny, I played the front nine yesterday and I played the back nine a year ago when we came over to warm up, you do all this prep on these courses and try and work out where to hit it. This week I turned up and clattered it down and found myself being ridiculous under par through seven or eight holes on my front nine. You think ‘here we go’.

“I changed my putting routine with Mike yesterday and it’s helped me trust my instincts more instead of second guessing myself which really helped. The putter was extremely hot today.



“Covid really changed everything for me. I refocused and started enjoying it again. I’ve started to play a lot better. Going out there and enjoying it I know I’m giving myself the best chance to shoot a low score. Coming back to Jumeirah, I’ve always played pretty tidy here on the other course. It’s nice to get off to a flier on this one.”

The Englishman recorded 11 birdies and flirted with just the second 59 in European Tour history, after Oli Fisher at the 2018 Portugal Masters, before parring his last two holes in a brilliant bogey free opening round. 


Sullivan also set the course record en route to his fourth European Tour title at the 2020 English Championship in August and he now tops a tightly packed leaderboard, with fellow countrymen Matt Wallace and Ross Fisher and Frenchman Antoine Rozner his closest challengers on nine under par.

“It’s been consistency in how I’ve been working, rather than consistency in playing,” said Wallace. “My preparation has been the same for a long time now. As you know I prepare really well, as well as I possibly can to be ready to shoot those scores. That’s something that’s a given for my preparation for the week.

“The par threes are 230 yards plus, and we had a 240 yard par three into the wind and they can make it longer, but when the weather is like this without a cloud in the sky, and it got hot towards the end so the ball is going a long way, and the greens are perfect. So it’s scoreable, but still not easy. Sully obviously played fantastic and when he gets going, his putter is hot, he drives it great, there are scores out there.”





Scottish duo Craig Howie and Marc Warren and Swede Oscar Lengden are in a tie for fifth at eight under par, with Italian pair Lorenzo Scalise and Francesco Laporta, Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg and Spaniard Pep Angles one shot further back.

Wednesday marked the 49th United Arab Emirates National Day, and Emirati invitational golfer Ahmed Skaik hit the opening tee shot to start the new event as the Fire Course made its European Tour debut.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Andy Sullivan
-11
61
T2
Ross Fisher
-9
63
T2
Antoine Rozner
-9
63
T2
Matt Wallace
-9
63
T5
Craig Howie
-8
64
T5
Oscar Lengden
-8
64
T5
Marc Warren
-8
64
T8
Pep Angles
-7
65
T8
Rikard Karlberg
-7
65
T8
Francesco Laporta
-7
65
T8
Lorenzo Scalise
-7
65
T12
John Axelsen (a)
-6
66
T12
Jorge Campillo
-6
66
T12
Grant Forrest
-6
66
T12
Jazz Janewattananond
-6
66
T12
Martin Kaymer
-6
66
T12
Mikko Korhonen
-6
66
T12
Niklas Lemke
-6
66
T12
Robert MacIntyre
-6
66
T20
Joakim Lagergren
-5
67
T20
Haotong Li
-5
67
T20
James Morrison
-5
67
T20
Damien Perrier
-5
67
T20
Thomas Pieters
-5
67
T20
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
67
T20
Sebastian Soderberg
-5
67
T20
Danny Willett
-5
67
T28
Marcus Armitage
-4
68
T28
Sean Crocker
-4
68
T28
Thomas Detry
-4
68
T28
Jens Fahrbring
-4
64
T28
Sam Horsfield
-4
68
T28
Adrian Otaegui
-4
68
T28
Renato Paratore
-4
68
T28
Max Schmitt
-4
68
T28
Jack Senior
-4
68
T28
Callum Shinkwin
-4
68
T28
Clement Sordet
-4
68
T28
Paul Waring
-4
68
T40
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-3
69
T40
Stephen Gallacher
-3
69
T40
Marcus Kinhult
-3
69
T40
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-3
69
T40
Thorbjørn Olesen
-3
69
T40
Eddie Pepperell
-3
69
T40
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-3
69
T40
Jordan Smith
-3
69
T40
Gary Stal
-3
69
T40
Steven Tiley
-3
69
T50
Lucas Bjerregaard
-2
70
T50
Alexander Björk
-2
70
T50
Steven Brown
-2
70
T50
Alejandro Cañizares
-2
70
T50
Dave Coupland
-2
70
T50
Sebastian Heisele
-2
70
T50
Mj Keyser
-2
70
T50
Alexander Knappe
-2
70
T50
Hurly Long (a)
-2
70
T50
Robin Petersson (a)
-2
70
T50
Aaron Rai
-2
70
T50
Robert Rock
-2
70
T50
Joel Stalter
-2
70
T50
Sami Valimaki
-2
70
T50
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-2
70
T50
Bernd Wiesberger
-2
70
T66
Matthew Baldwin
-1
71
T66
Ben Evans
-1
71
T66
Nicholas Fung
-1
71
T66
David Horsey
-1
71
T66
Niall Kearney
-1
71
T66
Euan Walker (a)
-1
71
T66
Romain Wattel
-1
71
T73
Nicolas Colsaerts
E
72
T73
Ewen Ferguson
E
72
T73
Oliver Fisher
E
72
T73
Liam Johnston
E
68
T73
Shiv Kapur
E
72
T73
Søren Kjeldsen
E
72
T73
Alexander Levy
E
72
T73
Guido Migliozzi
E
72
T73
Marcel Schneider
E
72
T73
Jeff Winther
E
72
T73
Jordan Wrisdale
E
72
T73
Daniel Young (a)
E
72
T85
Adri Arnaus
1
73
T85
Nino Bertasio
1
73
T85
Wil Besseling
1
73
T85
Daniel Gavins
1
73
T85
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
1
73
T85
Benjamin Hebert
1
73
T85
Rasmus Højgaard
1
73
T85
Matthew Jordan
1
73
T85
Niklas Norgaard Moller
1
73
T85
Pedro Oriol
1
73
T85
Kalle Samooja
1
73
T96
Gavin Kyle Green
2
74
T96
Andrew Wilson
2
70
T96
Fabrizio Zanotti
2
74
T99
Scott Hend
3
75
T99
Raphael Jacquelin
3
75
T99
Maximilian Kieffer
3
75
T99
Bernd Ritthammer
3
75
T99
Lee Slattery
3
75
104
Ahmed Skaik
4
76
T105
Gavin Moynihan
5
77
T105
Chris Wood
5
77
107
Issa Abou El Ela
6
78