Matt Wallace Finds Success After Altering Technique
The run of success has been a whirlwind, Wallace said.
“It started on the Alps Tour, a sort of mini-tour that travels around Europe, to the Europe tour,” he said. “I found myself playing really well and found myself in a really good position. Then it was the Challenge Tour. Did well in my first event in Kenya. Got 25th in Turkey. Then was invited to play Portugal, which I managed to win. That got me my European Tour card. It was a crazy eight months. And it just went from there. My game has just improved as time has gone on. I don’t think there’s been any secret to it — it’s been hard work. I’ve always felt like I could win golf tournaments. I just started moving up through the ranks.”
Along the way, he has kept a close eye on a fellow Englishman, Tommy Fleetwood, who has had his own meteoric rise. The two have played a few times over the past few years.
“We’ve had a few chats,” Wallace said. “It’s funny. You can’t just ask about his rise and success. It’s a difficult question: ‘How do you do it?’ The answer is almost always hard work. He’s been at it longer than I have, and he’s at the top of his game. He’ll be up there for a long time. He’s a brilliant player. Hopefully with experience I can be where he is.”
Wallace has watched Fleetwood closely. “I just love to learn from these guys like Tommy,” Wallace said. “His iron play is incredible, and that tells me my iron play has to be better. I went back and talked to my coaches, and we worked on it. The week after, my iron play was amazing. I basically tried to swing it like Tommy, with that detailed follow through, and I won that week.”
Last year, Wallace set the goal to break into the top 50 on the European Tour. He is hovering just north of that at No. 61. Now, with four European Tour titles and three just this year, Wallace is trying not to change anything.
“I’ve had a brilliant year so far, but I can make it into an outstanding one,” he said. “I’ve got a great opportunity to play against the best players in the world in the next few weeks. If I can play the way I know I can, who knows what can happen? All I have to do is prepare like I always do. If I get into position for contention, I know my head and my heart will take over.”
Wallace paused. Then he continued: “Now, I don’t mind having my back up against the wall. I like the pressure now.”