After threatening to card the second round of 59 in European Tour history at the Golf in Dubai Championship, Andy Sullivan continued to reap the benefits of his shift in attitude. It took Sullivan 30 shots from the back nine of the Jumeirah Golf Estates Fire Course to hit the turn and on the first, second, fourth, fifth and seventh holes he played more birdies.
That left the 34-year-old needing just a birdie to crack the 60 mark on the final two holes, but his long shot attempt on the eighth slipped painfully past the hole and on the last, another opportunity fizzled out from seven feet. Wow! Golf is a game of inches… pic.twitter #GolfInDubai. Therefore, Sullivan had to settle for a round of 61 (11 under par) and a two-stroke lead over Matt Wallace of England and Ross Fisher and Antoine Rozner of France, while Sweden’s Oscar Lengden and the Scottish pair Craig Howie and Marc Warren were another shot down. com/YPEBZ3hkaJ-The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) December 2, 2020 “It’s funny, I played the front nine (on Tuesday) and I played the back nine a year ago when we came over to warm up,”It’s funny, I played the front nine (on Tuesday) and I played the back nine a year ago when we came in to warm up. On these courts, you’re doing all this training and trying to find out where to hit the ball. “You do all this preparation on these courts and try to figure out where to hit the ball. ” On Tuesday, I changed my putting routine and that helped me trust my intuition more rather than second-guessing myself, which really helped. The putter was exceptionally hot (on Wednesday). Sullivan’s lowest European Tour round to par @Workday #GolfInDubai-The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) December 2, 2020Sullivan won the following year three times in 2015 to qualify for the Ryder Cup, but had to wait until August of this year to witness another English Championship victory. “Sullivan’s lowest European Tour round to par @Workday #GolfInDubai- The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) December 2, 2020Sullivan won three times in 2015 to qualify for the Ryder Cup the following year, but had to wait until August this year to experience another victory at the English Championship. ” added Sullivan. ” Sullivan added. ” I would hate to admit it, but I was an asshole. I had the time to think about what I wanted out of the game and where I wanted to go with it. I refocused and again began enjoying it. Thanks to an eagle and seven birdies, Wallace was only at par after the first seven holes, but played the remaining eleven at nine under to secure a spot at the Masters next year. Matt Wallace is two shots off the lead after the first round of the Dubai Championship Golf (Kenny Smith/PA) “If I play like I did today, an invitation to the Masters is a certainty,” said Wallace, who is currently ranked in the Dubai Championship. The Fifties will receive an invitation to Augusta National in April at the end of the year. I’m going to lose points with the world ranking system because I finished second in Dubai two years ago, so I might fall pretty far behind, so this week it’s important to get a good result. Before play started, after all three tested positive for Covid-19 before entering the tournament bubble, Romain Langasque, Tom Lewis and Ondrej Lieser were taken out of the tournament.