Wallace wins Indian Open in playoff with fellow Brit


Wallace wins Indian Open in playoff with fellow Brit

Ross Houston
March 12, 2018

Co-leader Wallace, whose second straight 70 included and eagle at the par-4 9th, is expecting another hard day Sunday but relishes the challenge.

Matt Wallace birdied the first play-off hole to beat Andrew "Beef" Johnston to the Indian Open title in New Delhi. I am sure he knows as well as anyone playing this game at the highest level, that golf tournaments are never won over two days - it is how you perform over four days that counts. He did allow Andrew Johnston to get a peek when he dropped a bogey on 16th.


In the play-off, after Johnston had laid up short of the lake, Wallace played a bold shot to the back of the green, which rolled 15 feet from the flag. It's the second week in the row I'm in the leading group. I made a bad swing on the fifth hole which put me out of contention. He endured a third double-bogey on the back-nine. He was unable to find the momentum and it is always unfortunate when anyone runs into three double bogeys on a final day. Last week, the 21-year-old, who won the Joburg Open and Maybank Championship, had led on the second and third day at the World Golf Championship- Mexico before finishing a creditable tied ninth.

"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". "I just want to have fun. The next time I'm in this situation, I'll do better", he said.


Wallace, who won the Portugal Open past year in only his fourth European Tour event, had built a two-shot advantage after collecting five birdies in his opening 10 holes, including a chip-in at the 10th. Wallace, who stayed in contention throughout the week, overcame compatriot Andrew Johnston in the playoff, 18th hole, to clinch his first Indian Open title and take home the winner's cheque of United States dollars 291,660.

"After being three over after eight holes on the opening day I played some of the best golf of my life", Wallace said.


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