Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Matt Wallace  (Getty Images)
Matt Wallace (Getty Images)

Matt Wallace believes his game is in a good place as he prepares to bring his stellar calendar year to a close at this week's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The Englishman found himself in the winner's circle on three occasions in 2018, following up victory at the Hero Indian Open in March with further success at the BMW International Open and the Made In Denmark later in the year.

Wallace put himself in contention to win again at last week's South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg, with scores of 65, 69 and 68 in his first three rounds.

But a closing 74 saw the 28 year old finish in a tie for 15th and he is hoping to bounce back in his final event of the year.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it. 

"I'm playing great. Last week showed that I was playing great, I just got caught on the last day where I didn't play so great. 

"That's why I finished 15th. This week is definitely up my alley, you know, I'm driving it well, hitting lots of greens and I'll hole a few putts hopefully this week.

"It happens in golf, doesn’t it? I’ve had to tell myself that over the last couple of days. 

"But I’m going to learn from that and come back stronger and next time I'm in that position, I’m going to try and finish up as high as possible, rather than finish 15th, which was kind of frustrating after such a good week.

"But we’re going to go again this week here. I’m swinging it just as well as last week and if I can give myself as many chances...

"This is a tougher course than last week and I feel my game is going to be suitable for this course."

This tournament was not played last year as Leopard Creek Country Club underwent improvements.

Wallace spoke of the differences he has noticed. He said: "The course here now is very different. 

"Off the tee, I would say, it’s a lot more open but then the second shot into the greens is tough. 

"The greens are relatively firm at the moment so it’s difficult to hold the greens at some points. 

"It’s going to be playing tough but it’s great for the guys who are playing well.

"I’m going to give myself a lot of opportunities. Par is a good score."

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is looking forward to teeing it up at Leopard Creek after making his long-awaited return from injury in Mauritius and at Randpark Golf Club in recent weeks.

"I’m feeling much better," he said. "I’ve had two tournaments after my seven-month break, injury, so hopefully I’ve left almost all the rust in Mauritius and Johannesburg. 

"These last two days have been a lot better and I’m really looking forward to getting it started on Thursday."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LIPSKY, DavidUSA18-14
2DRYSDALE, DavidSCO18-12
T3LOMBARD, ZanderRSA18-11
T5WILSON, OliverENG18-8

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