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Saturday 16 December 2017

Phelan two shots off winner Sullivan

England's Andy Sullivan claimed his second European Tour title in Johannesburg in the space of eight weeks yesterday, carding a closing 66 to win the Joburg Open.

Sullivan (inset) finished 17 under par at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, two shots ahead of compatriots David Howell and Anthony Wall, Ireland's Kevin Phelan and South African pair Jaco van Zyl and Wallie Coetsee.

Sullivan began the final round three shots behind overnight leader Coetsee, but moved to the top of a crowded leaderboard with five birdies in a flawless front nine of 32.

A bogey on the 11th dropped the former Walker Cup player a shot behind Howell, who had gone to the turn in 33, only for Howell to hook his tee shot into the water on the 14th.

Wall's challenge also faltered when he found water on the 15th and it was Sullivan who held his nerve down the closing stretch with birdies on the 15th and 18th to seal victory.

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