Wal­lace on rise and aim­ing to cap a mem­o­rable year

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - CLASSIFIED - Pais­ley added: “The golf course looks re­ally nice and it’s in great con­di­tion. “It’s a very typ­i­cal Joburg course and it has a sim­i­lar feel to Glen­dower and Royal Joburg. Hope­fully I can do as well on it as I did at Glen­dower. “I feel in a re­ally good p

“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.”

CAD­DIE CHANGE: Chris Pais­ley had his wife on the bag when he won last time

Matt Wal­lace: Go­ing for fourth ti­tle of 2018

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