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Andy Sullivan emerges from fog with Abu Dhabi Championship lead

• Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke impressed by Sullivan’s form
• ‘He is 10 under but he could be 14 or 15 because he is playing great’

If the forging of a strong relationship with the captain is key to Ryder Cup selection, Andy Sullivan’s quest to board a plane to Hazeltine in September should be taken even more seriously than already the case. That said, it should be recognised that if Sullivan maintains current form then there will be no actual requirement for one of Darren Clarke’s three wildcard picks.

The partnering of Clarke with Sullivan and Russell Knox for the opening two rounds of the HSBC Championship was no coincidence. Months may have to pass before Europe’s captain has hard decisions to make but he is rightly of a mind to take a close-up view of those bidding to make his team.

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