Andy Sullivan, fresh from his first invitation to The Masters, will be defending his trophy at the 2016 BMW SA Open proudly hosted by the City of Ekurhuleni, starting on Thursday. Jumping to a career-high world ranking of 34, Sullivan will be hoping he can continue his fine run of form that saw him become a crowd favourite all around the globe.
“It’s great to be back. Yesterday I walked around and reminisced about some of the shots I hit, and it was a massive start to a great year for me,” Sullivan said.
Speaking about goals for the year ahead, Sullivan reiterated how important it is to focus on improving in the smaller areas. “My main goals are to improve on the little areas and to compete with the guys at the top of the game. I’ve set myself some lofty goals this year, but if I stick to my processes and just try improve that little one percent every time then I can get near them and achieve them,” he said.
Coming off a brilliant year, Sullivan said he has benefited from playing with the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. “I played in my first three majors last year and I had the benefit of playing with Justine Rose in the practice rounds a couple times and I learned quite a lot from him. Playing in Dubai and playing against Rory the way I did, I think holds no fears for me and who I play against now.”
Speaking about returning to Glendower, Sullivan said, “It’s always been a nice spot for me to come and I’m going to go out there and get as many fans on my side as possible and hopefully come Sunday I’ll need them.”
A year ago, Sullivan was a relative nobody on tour, but after a euphoric SA Open triumph, his year blossomed into something of a fairytale. One can only imagine what 2016 holds for the Englishman, whether he successfully defends his crown or not.