Wallace on rise and aiming to cap a memorable year
“It Matt Wallace is searching for one more victory to cap a memorable 2018 as he starts his South African Open bid.
The Englishman has enjoyed victories at the Hero Indian Open, BMW International Open and Made in Denmark over the last nine months as well as a runner-up placing at the allow me to play the SA Open.
“To be able to play this and Leopard Creek is what I used to do when I started as a pro. Those were two events I loved to play and I’m really looking forward to these two weeks.
“My game’s trending in the direction I want. There’s still a lot of work to do but I’ve been doing a lot of different things with my coach.
“This is a tough week with 240 players. It’s all on how you start and how you get out of the blocks on Thursday and Friday.
“We all know the cut’s going to be really low so you can’t really cruise from the start.”
Oban’s Robert MacIntyre and Grantown’s Duncan Stewart are among 10 Scots teeing up at Randpark this week.
Scott Jamieson, Doug McGuigan, David Drysdale, Grant Forrest, Liam Johnston, Marc Warren, Connor Syme and Ewen Ferguson are also in action. season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. That has helped Wallace move up to 44th in the world rankings and he is eager to finish the year with a flourish.
He said: I’ve still got loads of energy,” he said. “This will be my 34th event of the year, and 35 after next week, which is a lot for someone who travels across the Atlantic and worldwide.
“We’ll revisit that at the end of this year and probably get a better schedule for next year. I had a decent category at the end of the year but I had to finish inside the top 100 to keep my card. Now I’m standing here with a two-year exemption, a three-time winner this year and 44th in the world.
“To say it’s surreal is an understatement but it is what I worked for.
“I’ve got confidence in my game. I’m working hard and that’s what I try to do.
“I’m just riding with the wave that I’m on. I feel like I can win every time I tee it up.”
South African Charl Schwartzel has finished in the top five on six occasions but has never won the event. The closest he came was when he lost in a playoff against Andy Sullivan three years ago.
He said: “It’s nice to be back.
“I’ve had a really difficult year but my game actually feels as good as ever.
“I’m obviously lacking a little bit of confidence but playing in South Africa has always been good to me so I’m hoping for more of the same.
“I always seem to have two or three good rounds but then somewhere along the line I struggle.”
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