It’s safe to say, that Andy Sullivan continues to progress up that steep learning curve. April and May have been a brutal two months, and this summer the battle will only continue. Now that Andy’s returning to the UK to play in the Irish Open and the BMW PGA, I have no doubt we’ll see his performance get back in line.
April was tough. Andy played in multiple challenging events including the Masters and the Open de Espana at Valderrama. For those who don’t know Valderrama, it is one of the toughest golf courses out there. In the 21 Tour events it’s hosted, only 3 winners have shot lower than -10. To put that into perspective, at PGA Tour events the pros flirt with -20 weekly! For the Americans out there, you might remember Valderrama as the venue where you, “oh so nearly won the Ryder Cup in 1997.” Which reminds me that you haven’t won it in Europe since 1993. Shots fired.
But anyway back to Andy. He’s fighting and has put the slight disappointment at Augusta behind him. At Valderrama he finished T16 on +9, with the winner shooting +1.
What else has Andy learned? Having lived in Nuneaton, I’m not sure if Andy would have seen so much water on the golf course until the Players Championship! Despite it being a tough week, he still produced one of the most memorable moments from the tournament.
Are you watching America? He’s coming for you.
And I’m coming for him. You’ll soon find me at the PGA Championships at Wentworth where I plan to track down the Sulli Army and finally get to cheer Andy on, with a beer hand. I’m sure they won’t be hard to find.
I can hear the chants already…
The summer is fast approaching and they say it’s going to be one of the best in sport. We’ve got the Olympics, European Championships, countless tennis events, Rugby and much more.
I am most looking forward to watching Andy. The next few weeks are vital and a return to form is due.
I can’t wait.
(Oh and I wouldn’t be a true fan if I didn’t wish him a belated Happy Birthday. He turned 30 on May 19th at the Irish Open. I hope he likes Guinness…)