Four-time European Tour winner and former Team Europe Ryder Cup star Andy Sullivan will swap his clubs for a pool cue later this month when he takes part in the live televised Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup on Monday September 20.
Sullivan will join forces with former two-time world junior pool champion Jordan Church in the unique £32,800 team event that will be broadcast on FreeSports TV.
The format sees pairs play a combination of single frame scotch doubles and individual matches – similar to the challenges that Sullivan faced when being part of the Ryder Cup in 2016 – albeit in a very different sporting environment.
The pair have been drawn in a tough round robin group consisting of Morgan McInnes & Barry Lynn, Hiten Patel & Rob Chilton and Brian Halcrow & John Sullivan. At the end of the evening, the team finishing top of the table will qualify for the last 16 phase of the tournament.
All matches will be the first to four frames, or whatever the score is when the 20-minute match clock expires. Players face added pressure in the event with 30- and 15-second shot clocks in operation throughout.
Sullivan has been a follower and player of the sport for several years and is relishing the opportunity to sample the Ultimate Pool stage.
"I’m a huge fan of 8-ball pool, so to get a chance to play alongside Jordan and compete in a big televised event like this is amazing. I can’t wait; it’s going to be a lot of fun, but I think I am also going to be quite nervous, too!" he said.
Winner of the UK Open last year, Church is one of 8-ball pool’s top and most entertaining players with his free-flowing and aggressive style. Like Sullivan, he is also looking forward to the Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup.
"I know Andy plays pool to a good level, and in a short, brutal format like this, anything can happen," he said.
"What Andy may lack in terms of competitive experience on the table, he could make up with his wealth of knowledge from being part of high-pressurised situations on the golf course in recent years. Either way it will be fun and I am buzzing to get under the TV lights once again."