Sullivan misses out on Masters

The 28-year-old, who has already claimed two European Tour titles this year, needed a top-two finish to breach the all-important world top-50 and guarantee a maiden major appearance at Augusta next month.

He left himself a mountain to climb after opening with an erratic 74 at the Golf du Palais Royal in Morocco, but gave himself an outside chance of making the cut until running up an ugly quintuple-bogey nine at the fourth – his 13th hole of the round.

Sullivan responded with a birdie at the next, but a 75 left him comfortably outside the halfway cut and he admitted afterwards that he had only himself to blame.??

“There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders to perform,” Sullivan told Sky Sports 4. “I tried to take it off as much as possible but came into it with not really enough preparation.

“I hit a lot of good shots but the bad ones really hurt me. That’s golf and I??am lucky to just have the opportunity to try to get into the Masters to be honest. If??someone had said that at the start of the year I would have said ‘no chance’.

“To have the opportunity to do it was amazing but it’s golf, it comes back and??bites you a lot of the time. I need to go away and work harder and bounce back??from this, but I am not going to be too downhearted. I look back on the golf I??have played this year and I have played well.”

France’s Alexander Levy, winner of last season’s Portugal Masters and Volvo China Open, needed a top-two in Agadir to earn a Masters place but also struggled to a 75 to miss the halfway cut.