England's Matt Wallace completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Open de Portugal to continue his remarkable rise through golf’s ranks by earning a European Tour card...
The 27-year-old was playing on the Alps Tour last year where he won six times to earn a place on the European Challenge Tour. But victory in the dual ranking (European Tour and Challenge Tour) event at Morgado Golf & Country Club means he now has an exemption to play on the European Tour.
The win saw Wallace claim 83,330 points to move to 111th in the European Tour's Race to Dubai and with more starts on the horizon he now has an opportunity to try to play his way into the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, which is open only to the top 60 players on the rankings, and taking place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai from November 16-19.
“The magic of golf is that it only takes four good rounds to change a player’s life,” said Nick Tarratt, Director of the European Tour’s International Dubai Office.
“Matt was playing on a mini-tour in Austria this time last year but his performance in Portugal has won him a place among golf’s elite on the European Tour and he now has the chance to continue the fairytale by winning enough Race to Dubai points over the rest of the season to secure a place in our season-ending grand finale in Dubai.”
Julian Suri's runner-up finish gained him 55,550 points to move from 212th to 122nd in the Race to Dubai rankings Presented by Rolex.
France's Matt Pavon (69) was third at 15 under par and in the process won 31,300 points and moved from 118th to 98th.
Germany's Sebastian Heisele, who was a member at the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai and won three club championships, shared fourth place with England's Sam Walker to claim 23,100 points each. Heisele moved from 133rd to 114th, while Walker moved from 115th to 101st.
English trio Ben Evans, Mark Foster and Oliver Fisher and Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen all shared sixth place and gained 14,050 points each. Evans moved from 210th to 180th, Foster jumped from 159th to 140th, Pulkkanen moved to 221st and Fisher progressed from 125th to 116th.
Spain's Sergio Garcia remains at the head of the Race to Dubai Rankings with 2,440,596 points, with England's Tommy Fleetwood in second with a season-tally of 1,910,514 points, and Jon Rahm in third on 1,509,828.