Matt Wallace made history on Saturday at the DP World Tour season-ending Tour Championship by birdieing every single hole on the back nine.
The English golfer shot shot a third round 12-under 60, and takes a one shot lead over Viktor Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood into Sunday’s final round at Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course in Dubai.
“What a day, an amazing day, Just tried my hardest to get myself back into the tournament,” Wallace said. “Holed a good one on 10. 11, played nicely. Then I didn’t really miss a shot coming in. Hit it in tight two holes in a row, and then hit it on the par 5 in 2 and just missed the eagle putt there. Fifteen, left myself a perfect angle and yardage. Funny how it works out like that. 65 yards, hit it stiff, lovely number, 124 sand wedge. Hit it to a foot and a half. The shot of the day for me is probably 17. It was in between numbers and could have hit eight. Went for a soft 7-iron to hold it into the pin there, and hit it to eight feet and rolled it in.”
And of course, he also birdied 18.
The thought of shooting golf’s holy grail of 59 never crossed Wallace’s mind after opening with a three-under 33 on the par 72 course.
“I didn’t even think there was a 59, honestly I think it helped me a little bit. I just played nicely coming down the stretch, just keep getting one more if I could and I managed to do that,” he said. “Yeah, kind of gutted now actually a little bit. Great opportunity to do it. I’ve done it at Moorpark on the West Course which is only a par 68, but to do it out there would have been really special today.”
Wallace’s round appeared to tie the DP World Tour record for most birdies in a round and consecutive birdies in a round, but his efforts won’t end up in the record books, at least not without an asterisk. Bad weather necessitated Saturday’s round be played with preferred lies, meaning players were allowed to pick up and clean off their ball between shots. It also meant the round won’t count for any official tour records.
“Ball in hand helps,” Wallace said. “I had a couple good lies for up-and-down, but it was fantastic and a good effort.”
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