Golf in Dubai Championship R2

Sully cruising at halfway point in Dubai

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


Golf in Dubai Championship 2020 R2 - Sully cruising at halfway point in Dubai
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Andy Sullivan cruised into a three-shot lead at the halfway point of the Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World, where the Englishman’s 17 under total came close to breaking a new European Tour record for lowest 36-hole score.


“We spoke about it to my psychologist before I went out , it’s basically just about staying patient and give yourself as many chances as possible. It is hard, I really had to work hard at staying patient, when I was three under through nine it didn’t feel as good as yesterday , but you know you’re still on the right track. I knew I was swinging it well and if I could keep giving myself opportunities I could make a few coming in. If you’d told me I’d shoot 61-66 I’d have snapped your hand off.

“My processes were really good . I felt like I went through everything I should have done, I was seeing the lines really well . Pace was a bit firm today and I hit a few a few feet by, which is why I missed on the high side a few times. I just stuck to m y process, it’s the only thing I could control out there and it has been working.”



The 33-year-old already has one victory under his belt this season, having won the English Championship in August by a remarkable seven strokes with a 27 under total.

“I feel like I’ve got the golf ball under some sort of control at the moment . I know what shapes I can hit and how much I can move it. It just feels really comfortable out there off the tee and into the greens, it feels like there aren’t many pins I can’t get at, which is a nice feeling to have. It d idn’t happen too often in the season, so it’s nice to have that.”


Sullivan revelled in the low-scoring conditions once again on the Fire Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates as he carded five birdies and his first eagle of the week to sign for a six-under 66 to add to his opening 61 – with his 17 under halfway total one shy of Ernie Els’s 18 under par record for the lowest first 36 holes to par set at the midway point of the 2004 Heineken Classic.

That put some daylight between the former Ryder Cup player and his English compatriots Ross Fisher and Matt Wallace, who shared second place on 14 under heading into the weekend. Scotland’s Craig Howie, German Max Schmitt and Antoine Rozner of France were all two strokes further back.



“It’s very satisfactory to make as many birdies as I have, but to not make a bogey in 36 holes, I’m delighted with,” said Fisher. “I think – I’ll have to check it – but if my stats are correct , I haven’t missed a green either. For 36 holes, to hit every single green. I missed the par five, but it was just off the edge. Very satisfying. 

” It was trickier today, a bit fresh first thing in the morning. Standing on that 10th tee, no one saw any tee shot at all hitting into the sun. It was playing ling first thing. Patience was a big thing, waiting for the weather to warm up and you could start hitting the clubs you were hitting yesterday. So, it was tricky out there but managed to get away with no bogeys, five birdies, pretty satisfied.”



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“I don’t know (why it’s hard to follow up a low round with another) but it seems to happen more often than not. Someone will shoot 64, 63, 62, it’s very hard to then go out and shoot a 64, 65. It’s a difficult one, because you feel like you’re playing well, swinging well, putting well. Yesterday, making all those birdies and one eagle, you feel like the game’s in good shape. Get myself on the green, get a good look and I should be able to roll some in. I made five today, there were probably at least a handful that slipped by. It would have been nice to get one on nine there. but I’m not going to stand here and complain that I’ve missed a few putts. I’m 14 under, haven’t made a bogey, so life’s pretty good.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Andy Sullivan
-17
61
66
127
T2
Ross Fisher
-14
63
67
130
T2
Matt Wallace
-14
63
67
130
T4
Craig Howie
-12
64
68
132
T4
Antoine Rozner
-12
63
69
132
T4
Max Schmitt
-12
68
64
132
T7
John Axelsen
-11
66
67
133
T7
Steven Brown
-11
70
63
133
T7
Oscar Lengden
-11
64
69
133
T7
Thorbjørn Olesen
-11
69
64
133
T7
Renato Paratore
-11
68
65
133
T7
Lorenzo Scalise
-11
65
68
133
T13
Sean Crocker
-10
68
66
134
T13
Grant Forrest
-10
66
68
134
T13
Rikard Karlberg
-10
65
69
134
T13
Francesco Laporta
-10
65
69
134
T13
Niklas Lemke
-10
66
68
134
T13
Robert MacIntyre
-10
66
68
134
T13
Marc Warren
-10
64
70
134
T13
Danny Willett
-10
67
67
134
T21
Mikko Korhonen
-9
66
69
135
T21
Joakim Lagergren
-9
67
68
135
T21
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-9
69
66
135
T21
Thomas Pieters
-9
67
68
135
T21
Bernd Ritthammer
-9
68
67
135
T26
Jazz Janewattananond
-8
66
70
136
T26
Adrian Otaegui
-8
68
68
136
T26
Damien Perrier
-8
67
69
136
T26
Tapio Pulkkanen
-8
67
69
136
T26
Callum Shinkwin
-8
68
68
136
T26
Sebastian Soderberg
-8
67
69
136
T26
Paul Waring
-8
68
68
136
T26
Bernd Wiesberger
-8
70
66
136
T34
Marcus Armitage
-7
68
69
137
T34
Jorge Campillo
-7
66
71
137
T34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-7
69
68
137
T34
Ben Evans
-7
71
66
137
T34
Martin Kaymer
-7
66
71
137
T34
Jack Senior
-7
68
69
137
T34
Jordan Smith
-7
69
68
137
T34
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-7
70
67
137
T34
Romain Wattel
-7
71
66
137
T43
Pep Angles
-6
65
73
138
T43
Wil Besseling
-6
73
65
138
T43
Jens Fahrbring
-6
68
70
138
T43
Stephen Gallacher
-6
69
69
138
T43
David Horsey
-6
71
67
138
T43
Sam Horsfield
-6
68
70
138
T43
Niall Kearney
-6
71
67
138
T43
Alexander Knappe
-6
70
68
138
T43
Hurly Long (a)
-6
70
68
138
T43
Eddie Pepperell
-6
69
69
138
T43
Clement Sordet
-6
68
70
138
T43
Joel Stalter
-6
70
68
138
T43
Sami Valimaki
-6
70
68
138
T56
Nicolas Colsaerts
-5
72
67
139
T56
Mj Keyser
-5
70
69
139
T56
Haotong Li
-5
67
72
139
T56
James Morrison
-5
67
72
139
T56
Aaron Rai
-5
70
69
139
T56
Jordan Wrisdale
-5
72
67
139
T62
Thomas Detry
-4
68
72
140
T62
Robert Rock
-4
70
70
140
T62
Steven Tiley
-4
69
71
140
T65
Matthew Baldwin
-3
71
70
141
T65
Ewen Ferguson
-3
72
69
141
T65
Matthew Jordan
-3
73
68
141
T65
Marcus Kinhult
-3
69
72
141
T65
Pedro Oriol
-3
73
68
141
T65
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-3
69
72
141
T65
Euan Walker (a)
-3
71
70
141
T65
Andrew Wilson
-3
74
67
141
CUT
Alexander Björk
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Nicholas Fung
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Shiv Kapur
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
-2
75
67
142
CUT
Søren Kjeldsen
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Niklas Norgaard Moller
-2
73
69
142
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Dave Coupland
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Oliver Fisher
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Daniel Gavins
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Alexander Levy
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Gary Stal
-1
69
74
143
CUT
Jeff Winther
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
E
74
70
144
CUT
Rasmus Højgaard
E
73
71
144
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
E
72
72
144
CUT
Marcel Schneider
E
72
72
144
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
E
74
70
144
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
1
70
75
145
CUT
Robin Petersson (a)
1
70
75
145
CUT
Kalle Samooja
1
73
72
145
CUT
Lee Slattery
1
75
70
145
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
1
72
73
145
CUT
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
2
73
73
146
CUT
Scott Hend
2
75
71
146
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
2
75
71
146
CUT
Nino Bertasio
3
73
74
147
CUT
Adri Arnaus
4
73
75
148
CUT
Liam Johnston
4
73
75
148
CUT
Issa Abou El Ela
7
78
73
151
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
7
77
74
151
CUT
Chris Wood
8
77
75
152
CUT
Ahmed Skaik
9
76
77
153