Ireland's Kevin Phelan finished in a tie for second at the Joburg Open this afternoon as England's Andy Sullivan claimed his second European Tour title in the space of eight weeks on Sunday.

Sullivan finished 17 under par at Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club, two shots ahead of compatriots David Howell and Anthony Wall, Phelan and South African pair Jaco van Zyl and Wallie Coetsee.

The 27-year-old, who defeated Charl Schwartzel in a play-off in the South African Open at nearby Glendower in January, also claimed one of the three places up for grabs in the Open Championship at St Andrews, with Howell and Wall claiming the other two by virtue of their higher world ranking.

Sullivan began the final round three shots behind overnight leader Coetsee, but moved to the top of a crowded leaderboard with five birdies in a flawless front nine of 32.

A bogey on the 11th dropped the former Walker Cup player a shot behind Howell, who had gone to the turn in 33, only for Howell to hook his tee shot into the water on the 14th.

Wall's challenge also faltered when he found water on the 15th and it was Sullivan who held his nerve down the closing stretch with birdies on the 15th and 18th to seal victory.

Phelan led the tournament on a couple of occasions but ran out of holes as those closing birdies from Sullivan made the difference. 

He carded eight birdies and two bogeys on his way to the six-under par round of 66 and a tie for second place and with it a cheque for €80,600.

Phelan has the consolation of securing a place in next week's Africa Open by finishing in the top five.

"I was just kind of plodding along the first three days, played some nice golf but didn't really hole that many putts, but got the putts to drop on the front nine today and gave myself a chance.

"It didn't look like I have done enough but I am delighted with the way I played."