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England's Andy Sullivan celebrates winning the English Championship. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

England's Andy Sullivan celebrates winning the English Championship. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

England's Andy Sullivan celebrates winning the English Championship. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Former Ryder Cup player Andy Sullivan ended his near five-year wait for his fourth European Tour win by striding to a commanding seven-stroke victory in the English Championship at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire.

The Englishman (33) led by five shots from compatriot Steven Brown overnight before closing with an impressive, six-under-par 65 to win with ease in the end from Spain's Adrian Otaegui on 27-under.

"I'm proud of myself," said Sullivan, who won three times in 2015 and went on to make Darren Clarke's 2016 Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine.

"I wasn't quite stuck in the doldrums but it just hasn't quite happened for me since those three wins in 2015 and it feels like a weight off my shoulders now, and I think it told out there today.

"I never really felt comfortable out on the golf course all day, I found it quite a battle the whole way around until I started dropping a couple of putts on the back nine and my lead started increasing."

Otaegui got to within two shots of Sullivan with six holes to play, but the eventual champion picked up four shots on the way home and is now 15th in the Race to Dubai and top of the UK Swing Order of Merit.

The top-10 in that list after the Wales Open (August 20-23) who are not already exempt will get to tee it up in the rescheduled US Open at Winged Foot in September.

Cormac Sharvin, who led after a first-round 63, finished tied for 19th on 13-under par following a brace of two-under 69s at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the Irish Boys Amateur Championship gets under way at Thurles today with the top 40 and ties after 36 holes progressing to Wednesday's final round.

The favourites include Seapoint's Dylan Keating, Portumna's Sam Murphy, Laytown and Bettystown's Daniel Mulligan, Galgorm Castle's Joshua Hill and Joseph Byrne from Baltinglass.

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