Matt Wallace (golfer)

Matthew Wallace (born 12 April 1990) is an English professional golfer currently playing on the European Tour.

Matt Wallace
Matt Wallace .jpg
Wallace, Dubai, 2018
Personal information
Born (1990-04-12) 12 April 1990 (age 30)
Hillingdon, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality England
ResidenceSunningdale, England
Career
CollegeJacksonville State University
Turned professional2012
Current tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Challenge Tour
Alps Tour
Professional wins10
Highest ranking23 (14 July 2019)[1]
(as of 15 March 2020)
Number of wins by tour
European Tour4
Asian Tour1
Challenge Tour1
Other6
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2019
PGA ChampionshipT3: 2019
U.S. OpenT12: 2019
The Open ChampionshipT51: 2019
Achievements and awards
Alps Tour Order of Merit2016

Collegiate careerEdit

Wallace played for Jacksonville State University, in Northeast Alabama, as a freshman in the 2010–11 season before turning professional. His year in Jacksonville was a successful one that saw him win twice, including the 2011 OVC Championship. He was the OVC Freshman of the Year and held the record for lowest round in school history with a 10-under 62 in the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate.[2]

Professional careerEdit

In 2016 Wallace won six tournaments on the Alps Tour and won the Order of Merit. This enabled him to join the Challenge Tour in 2017. He started 2017 by finishing tied for third place in the Barclays Kenya Open and in May he won the Open de Portugal, a dual-ranking event with the main European Tour.[3] The win gave him promotion to the European Tour.

Wallace won his second European Tour event in March 2018, Hero Indian Open, beating Andrew Johnston in a playoff, making a birdie at the first extra hole. The win lifted him into the world top 100 for the first time. In June Wallace won again at the BMW International Open. He started the final round two strokes behind the leaders, but carded a bogey-free round of 65 to take the title by one stroke. He followed that up with a victory at Made in Denmark in September 2018, collecting birdies at five of the last six holes before coming out on top in a four-man play-off. He finished in a share of fifth at the Nedbank Golf Challenge before tying for second at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to move into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

In May 2019, Wallace finished joint 3rd at the PGA Championship.

Professional wins (10)Edit

European Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 14 May 2017 Open de Portugal1 −21 (63-66-73-69=271) 3 strokes   Julian Suri
2 11 Mar 2018 Hero Indian Open2 −11 (69-70-70-68=277) Playoff   Andrew Johnston
3 24 Jun 2018 BMW International Open −10 (73-69-71-65=278) 1 stroke   Martin Kaymer,   Mikko Korhonen,
  Thorbjørn Olesen
4 2 Sep 2018 Made in Denmark −19 (68-68-66-67=269) Playoff   Steven Brown,   Jonathan Thomson,
  Lee Westwood

1Dual ranking event with the Challenge Tour
2Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2018 Hero Indian Open   Andrew Johnston Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 2018 Made in Denmark   Steven Brown,   Jonathan Thomson,
  Lee Westwood
Won with birdie on second extra hole
Thomson and Westwood eliminated by birdie on first extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 14 May 2017 Open de Portugal1 −21 (63-66-73-69=271) 3 strokes   Julian Suri

1Dual-ranking event with the European Tour

Alps Tour wins (6)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 23 Feb 2016 Dreamland Pyramids Open −8 (67-72-69=208) 1 stroke   David Carey,   Antoine Schwartz
2 1 May 2016 Tunisian Golf Open −12 (67-68-71-70=276) 2 strokes   Enrico Di Nitto
3 8 May 2016 Gösser Open −20 (66-64-66=196) 8 strokes   Robin Goger
4 21 May 2016 Vigevano Open −17 (65-62-66=193) 3 strokes   Julien Clement,   Franck Daux
5 2 Jul 2016 Open Frassanelle −17 (66-65-65=196) 4 strokes   Victor Perez
6 22 Oct 2016 Alps Tour Grand Final −17 (63-70-66-68=267) 1 stroke   Richard Jouven

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2017 2018
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship T19
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament CUT
PGA Championship T3
U.S. Open T12
The Open Championship T51
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 2019
The Players Championship T30

"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit

Tournament 2018 2019 2020
Championship T33 T58
Match Play T40 NT1
Invitational T27
Champions T50 T60

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 28 2019 Ending 14 Jul 2019" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Pair of Former Gamecocks Set For The Masters". Jacksonville State University Athletics. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Matt Wallace: World number 242 wins Portugal Open for first European Tour title". BBC Sport. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.

External linksEdit