Sullivan positive after missing out

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Andy Sullivan may have lost out to Danny Willett in dramatic circumstances at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, but he is still enthusiastic for the season ahead after a strong start.

Sullivan, Willett and Rafa Cabrera-Bello had been battling it out at the top of the leaderboard on Sunday at Emirates Golf Club and when Sullivan and Cabrera-Bello both made birdies on the last, they left Willett with 15 feet down the slope to take the title.

The Race to Dubai runner-up rose to the challenge with a clutch putt to get to 19 under and claim glory by a single stroke.

“Fair play to Dan, holing that putt, that was a tough putt,” Sullivan admitted.

The 29-year-old had assumed the lead early on the final day but Willett twice stretched his advantage to three shots before the dramatic finish.

“I didn’t feel like I put him under enough pressure through the midpoint of the round. I had a lot of chances and didn’t quite take them. The putts towards the end kept me in it, par saves.

However, despite missing out again, the three-time European Tour winner refused to dwell on the disappointment of it all.

“It bodes well for the rest of the year. I had the lead in Abu Dhabi after 36 holes and put myself in a really good position for the finish today.

“If I just keep putting myself in that position, eventually I’ll get over the line.”