• Andy Sullivan believes he can continue rise up world rankings
• The Englishman made the cut on his Open Championship debut
• "It was massive to reach one-under," said the 28-year-old
ANDY SULLIVAN | THE OPEN
Andy Sullivan believes he is ‘getting better and better’ all the time and hopes to continue his surge up the world rankings in the coming months after making the cut on his Open Championship debut.
The 28-year-old, whose first major appearance came in the US Open at Chambers Bay last month, safely made the cut at St Andrews on one-under-par with a birdie at the last – branding it as ‘massive’ mentally heading into the final two rounds.
“Obviously making the cut was one of my primary goals at the start of the week,” explained Andy Sullivan. “Being on level par, it was playing on my mind a bit coming down 18 but to finish with a birdie was nice, especially as it was just a tap-in.
"It was massive because being in red figures just looks so much better than level par" - Andy Sullivan
“From a mental point of view, it was massive because being in red figures just looks so much better than level par. It’s not the worst thing in the world being one-under. I’ve just got to go out there, be patient, stick in there and hopefully I’ll post a good score.”
The Englishman grabbed his first European Tour win in his 84th start at the South African Open Championship in January, with win No.2 following just seven weeks later at the Joburg Open.
And now No.54 in the world, Sullivan believes he can continue to improve his game and rise up the rankings, while he is also relishing the opportunity of playing more golf in the US.
“I was late to enter the professional game at 24 so it’s just been a case of biding my time really,” said Andy Sullivan. “Last season I came close a couple of times towards the end of the year so to be putting myself in good positions on the European Tour this year and finally finishing a couple off was nice and it just relaxes you going forward.
“Year on year I’ve just been getting better and better. I’ve never been one of those people who shoot to stardom, but one who edges away and progresses every year and hopefully that continues.
“As for the US Open, it was a great experience for me and I’ve now got the opportunity to go over there and play more which will be fantastic and something I’m really looking forward to.”
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