Andy Sullivan18th Feb
Fulfilled a long-held ambition when he represented Great Britain and Ireland in the 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, where he won both his foursomes matches. Had previously won titles across the world in a globetrotting amateur career, including in Argentina, Australia and at the Scottish Amateur Open Stroke Play Championship. Turned professional shortly after his appearance in the Walker Cup, and three months later he completed a meteoric rise to prominence by earning a debut campaign on The European Tour. Thanks chiefly to opening rounds of 65-66-67, he claimed the third card at the Qualifying School Final Stage, having successfully negotiated the Second Stage the week before. Was back at the Qualifying School Final Stage in 2012 after finishing 145th in The Race to Dubai, and again took the third card at the end of a steady week. Carried his form into the 2013 season, making a stunning start with top ten finishes in the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and the Africa Open. Is close friends with Steve Webster, having been born and raised in the same town of Nuneaton, and cites their fellow Midlands golfer Lee Westwood as his chief inspiration.