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Matt Wallace piped to the post at the Dubai Desert Classic 

 Published on: 31st January 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Moor Park golfer came close to victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic falling seven shots behind American Bryson DeChambeau. 

Matt Wallace closed the gap to seven behind with back-to-back birdies, but was unable to stop the American who set a new tournament record of 24 under par. 

Wallace, 28, scored six birdies and two bogies to finish the final round one, a shot ahead of defending champion Haotong Li, who tied in third with compatriots Ian Poulter and Paul Waring and Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Quiros.

Speaking to PGA European Tour, Wallace said: “I really wanted to put some pressure on Bryson. He was obviously scoring well. Credit to him, he’s played great today from what I hear and he’s a worthy champion this week and it’s great to have him here. But I’ll try and get him next time.

“The round was really good in parts, really shabby in parts. Not good enough to put any pressure on, but just about good enough to get second. I’ve got to take the positives from that early on in the season to get the juices flowing like that. And to play with Ernie (Els).

“I mean, I didn’t see myself having 165 yards in for my third on the last to try and get it done, but yeah, I’ll learn from that. I’ll put better swings on it next time. Overall, I’m happy, yeah. I actually drove it amazing, apart from that last tee shot, really. Friday was the best I’ve ever played tee-to-green, and that’s a really good sign.”

Matt will next head to Mexico for the WGC-Mexico Championship from February 21-24. 

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