Sunday, 12 August 2018
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Matt Wallace topped off his favourite round of golf in his career with a stunning hole-in-one as he made headlines on day three of the US PGA Championship.

The Englishman has three wins in the past 15 months on the European Tour but was playing in just his fourth Major Championship after missing the cut at the past two US Opens and this season's Open Championship.

He made the weekend at Bellerive Country Club and was playing alongside three-time Major winner Jordan Spieth and Andrew Putnam, with 14-time Major champion Tiger Woods in the group behind.

That meant bumper crowds were following and Wallace did not disappoint them on the 16th, hitting a five iron from 230 yards that bounced twice before rolling into the cup for the 26th hole-in-one of the season.

"It was mind blowing," he said. "It's my first one as a pro as well so to do it on a Saturday at a Major - and the crowds were unbelievable today, that was really special.

"I enjoyed every minute out there today, it's the first time in probably forever. It's the best round of golf, the most enjoyable fun playing with Jordan and Andrew.

"It was just amazing and to top it off like that, I said to (caddie) Dave a couple of holes before, 'this is the most fun I've ever had' and then to do that, it's mental.

"I'm surprised I even made two pars up the last two holes.

"Tiger was playing behind us and some people don't like that but I loved it. I loved looking back and seeing him there with the big cheers.
"It was a special day and it's going to be in my memory for a long time.

"I've enjoyed it so much that I don't think anything can go wrong - other than me shooting a hundred, that won't be nice. But I'm not going out there to do that."

Wallace's rise has been meteoric since he won six times - including four weeks in a row - on the Alps Tour in 2016.

A maiden European Tour win at the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort followed in 2017 and he has won twice this season at the Hero Indian Open and BMW International Open.

Yet the 28 year old admits it is still an incredible thrill to be playing alongside Spieth, who is chasing the career grand slam this week in St Louis.

"The whole experience of playing with Jordan, I said to him down maybe the first hole or second hole, 'you know, mate, this is a real privilege for me to be playing with you'.

"18 months ago I was on a mini tour and I worked really hard to get to where I've got to now and it's a privilege to play with him. He's a cool dude and very good fun out there."

Wallace will not even have a souvenir from his remarkable ace after he threw his ball into the crowd, but the man from Hillingdon insists his memories will be enough.

"I threw it in and then I met the guy after that hole and I signed it for him and he said, 'are you sure you don't want it back?'. 

"I said, 'you keep that mate'. I keep the balls that I win with and they're all on the mantelpiece, so that one will just live in my memory for being pretty cool out there."

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