Former shelf-stacker Sullivan eyes fourth tour win in Dubai

Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:30am EST
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By Matt Smith

DUBAI (Reuters) - Less than a decade ago Andy Sullivan was stacking shelves in a provincial British supermarket but now the 28-year-old father is 36 holes from a fourth victory on golf’s European Tour and a further $1.33 million in prize money.

The ebullient Sullivan carded a second straight 66 on Friday to reach halfway at the DP World Tour Championship – the European circuit’s season finale – on 12-under 132 to lead by one and stands four ahead of tournament favorite Rory McIlroy.

Such exploits are far removed from his amateur days, when he would work the early shift at the Asda supermarket in his home town of Nuneaton before turning professional in 2011.

“This is my dream and I've always wanted to do it,” Sullivan told reporters when asked why he played so often with a smile.

“If I can't enjoy that, what can I enjoy? If I can't enjoy it, I'd best go do something else. Go back to stacking shelves.”

Sullivan has dropped just one shot over two rounds on Dubai’s earth course, which contrasts with a topsy-turvy 2015 that has included three tournament wins - two in South Africa and another in Portugal – plus 10 finishes outside the top 60.

That inconsistency means he is taking nothing for granted ahead of Saturday’s third round.

“There's a lot of good guys going to be chasing me, so for me it's just try and do what I did today, be patient and try to play my game and not worry about anyone else,” said Sullivan.   Continued...

England's Andy Sullivan in action during the second round. Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs