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30th May 2011

Andrew Sullivan (picture © SGU/Kenny Smith & EGU)

Andrew Sullivan ( Nuneaton , Warwickshire) produced a spectacular birdie-eagle-birdie finish to win the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship at Blairgowrie.

In an England 1-2, Sullivan closed with 69 for 282, six under par, and a shot ahead of England international Steven Brown ( Wentworth , Surrey) with Scotland's Paul Shields third on 286.

The victory extended Sullivan's amazing run of form. Over the past 18 months, he has won eight titles and finished in the top six in virtually every event he has entered, including the tour of Australia earlier in the year.

At Blairgowrie, an opening 65 gave him a two-shot lead while a 71 for 136 left him just one in front at halfway. However, a disappointing third round 77 left Sullivan in a four-way tie for second place with Brown, Jack Senior ( Heysham , Lancashire) and Oliver Farr ( Ludlow , Shropshire & Herefordshire) a shot behind Scotland's Graeme Robertson, who stormed one ahead on 212 with a superb 68 in strong winds.

The lead changed hands several times in the closing round with Brown looking likely to lift the trophy after birdies at the 16th and 17th. But Sullivan had other ideas and staged that dramatic finale.

He holed from ten feet for birdie on the 16th before drilling a rescue club 263 yards to 20 feet to set up an eagle-three at 17. That left the Midlander needing a birdie at 18 to win and he fired a seven-iron to four feet before calmly rolling in the putt.

Sullivan (picture © SGU/Kenny Smith), who is the sixth Englishman to win the Scottish title, said: "That's definitely my best finish to a round in those circumstances. I struggled a bit after a good start but I saw I was still in contention going into the back nine and said to myself just to keep it going.

"I saw Steven had moved to five under so I knew I had to go for it and managed to pull it off. Hopefully, this will get me back to Scotland for the Walker Cup in September," he added.

Senior, another England cap with four wins in 2011 including the Lytham Trophy, saw his hopes dashed with a closing 78, which an outward 41, and joint seventh place on 291.

Leading final scores :
282 A Sullivan (Nuneaton) 65 71 77 69
283 S Brown (Wentworth) 73 67 73 70
286 P Shields (Kirkhill) 69 73 72 72
288 D Young (Craigie Hill) 71 73 70 74

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