Wal­lace seals su­perb vic­tory

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LIS­BON: English­man Matt Wal­lace clinched his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle on Sun­day with a three­stroke vic­tory at the Por­tu­gal Open af­ter lead­ing the event from start to fin­ish.

The World No 242 shot a sizzling 10-un­der-par 63 in his open­ing round and held his nerve over the week­end to round out a re­mark­able tri­umph with a clos­ing 69.

Wal­lace, 27, sank four birdies in a blem­ish-free fi­nal round to end on 21-un­der-par for the tour­na­ment as he with­stood a late charge from Amer­i­can Ju­lian Suri, who fin­ished with a 65.

“It’s the best feel­ing ever,” Wal­lace said.

“It’s al­ways been a dream to win on the Euro­pean Tour. Those first two days were re­ally easy, that third day was the hard­est day of my life and to­day was tough but it’s so sat­is­fy­ing and I’m re­ally happy.”

France’s Matthieu Pavon claimed third place by fin­ish­ing five shots adrift. AFP

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