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Andy Sullivan eyes redemption in South Africa as he looks to capitalize on recent surge

England's Andy Sullivan is hopeful he can use his best finish for 18 months as a springboard to a successful season, starting at this week's Jonsson Workwear Open.

The 36-year-old won the South African Open at this week's venue of Glendower Golf Club in 2015 to start a purple patch of form that saw him claim two further wins that season and make the European Ryder Cup team for the 2016 contest at Hazeltine.

He sealed another victory during the Covid-shortened 2020 campaign but has not finished in the top 50 on the Race to Dubai since, scraping inside the top 100 in the last two years.

A tie for fourth at last week's SDC Championship represented his best finish since August 2022 and Sullivan believes he can get back to his best if he can put all facets of his game together.

"The last couple of seasons I've struggled, it's not been great," he said. "Coming down to those last six or seven events I've had to pull out some results to keep my card.

"It's nice to get off to a reasonable start, but I'm not going to rest on my laurels, I want to kick on now and really try and push for a really high finish in that order of merit.

"I feel like all aspects of my game have been there for a while, it's just not all turning up at the same time, unfortunately. One day I'll drive it great and the next day I'll putt it really well and not drive it quite so well.

"It's just about putting it all together, but it feels like it's getting a lot closer.

"It's always nice to come back to where I had my maiden victory. It's where everything really started, from there I never really looked back. Hopefully I can pull on those memories and have another good week."

German Nick Bachem defends the title this week as the DP World Tour's eight-event international swing comes to a close, with world number 81 Rikuya Hoshino the highest-ranked player in the field.

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