‘Beef’ Bested by Compatriot Wallace

March 11, 2018

Matt Wallace poses with the Hero Indian Open trophy. Picture by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Delhi, India: Matt Wallace won his second European Tour title with a dramatic play-off victory over Andrew Johnston at the Hero Indian Open.

The Englishman entered the day at DLF Golf and Country Club with a share of the lead and a closing 68 got him to 11-under, a total matched by compatriot Johnston after a 66.

Wallace hit a huge drive down the 18th on the first extra hole and with Johnston laying up and seeing his birdie putt agonisingly lip out, the 27-year-old had two putts for the title after hitting a brilliant second onto the putting surface.

He rolled his first up to the side of the hole and tapped home to seal a second victory in 32 appearances after last season’s triumph at the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort.

Kim Sih-wan finished at eight-under, a shot clear of Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal and Austrian Matthias Schwab.

Argentinian Emiliano Grillo was then five-under, with home hero and Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex leader Shubhankar Sharma and Scot Stephen Gallacher a shot further back.

Wallace was playing on the Alps Tour in 2016 but six wins that season – including five in a row – got him onto the Challenge Tour and he continues his meteoric rise following the victory in Portugal in just his fourth European Tour event.

“I played great,” he said. “Ever since being three-over through eight at the start of the week I’ve played some of the best golf of my life and to do it in that style at the end there capped it off.

“Beef really had a great round today because I was playing fantastic and thought I might have been a few more clear.

“I hit some really good shots and that play-off: I pumped it down there on the last and it went a long way and then a four-iron went even further than I thought it would so I was jacked up a bit. To hit two shots like that is exactly why I play the game.

“Beef’s putt on the last should have gone in and it’s just my day today.”