The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Wallace sorry for petulant Hillside outburst


England’s Matt Wallace has apologised for his “petulant” behaviour on the final hole of last week’s British Masters.

Wallace missed a short birdie putt on the 17 th hole in the final round and reacted angrily after failing to convert a longer attempt on the 18th which could have given him the title.

A visibly upset Wallace then looked on as playing partner Marcus Kinhult holed his own birdie putt to claim his first European Tour title at Hillside.

“The way I reacted in banging my putter on the green on 18 was not right and, for that, I can only apologise,” Wallace wrote in his column in the Evening Standard.

“I’m really disappoint­ed in the way I behaved. For 71 holes I’d done really well, then let myself down badly with one petulant act. The best players in the world don’t do that so why should I?

“That’s not who I am and, in that moment, it was just pure passion to win. I’m not, though, disappoint­ed with the way I played. I hit 82% greens in regulation, my best ever, so it feels like a step in the right direction compared to a few weeks ago.”

Wallace’s share of second place with defending champion Eddie Pepperell and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre at least lifted him to a career-high of 31st ahead of this week’s US PGA Championsh­ip at Bethpage.

“I’m excited about what I’m doing, but genuinely there’s no expectatio­ns for this week apart from trying to control the emotional side of things,” added the 29-year-old Londoner.

“I’ve never played Bethpage but it looks brutal and the weather does not look great, so it’ll be cold and playing long. It’s the next step in going from 31st to top 10.”

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