There aren’t many 2022-23 PGA Tour winners in the field this week. Matt Wallace is one of them.
The Englishman is just a few weeks removed from a win at the Corales Puntacana Championship. Rounds of 67-66-70-66 led to a one-shot victory for Wallace’s first PGA Tour victory.
He’d won four times on the DP World Tour and 10 times as a pro before Puntacana.
Wallace is known to have a bit of a temper out there. Some thought that may keep him from ever winning on the PGA Tour or at a big event, but he was able to keep his emotions in check to close with a slew of birdies down the stretch.
“Everyone knows I’m a feisty character, but that got me through that today,” Wallace was transcribed by Tee Scripts after his Corales win.
"“I was calm, felt I was determined, I kind of felt like I had it in me all week. I really felt like I was playing some really good stuff and I felt like I was going to be up there at the end of the week no matter what.”"
Wallace also has a T-7th finish this season at the Valspar Championship.
The 33-year-old is at the Mexico Open at VIdanta after taking T-67th (70-66-75-73) last year. He was in the mix for 36 holes before falling back.
Wallace was 13th in the field in strokes gained approach.
Iron play is one of the strengths of his game, so I expect him to be up there this week in that stat once again. He’s also got a good short game, ranking seventh on the PGA Tour in SG around-the-green per round (.478).