Viktor Hovland? He didn’t believe it at first. He then labeled it funny.
Dan Bradbury? He is complimentary. He is colorful.
“Making my 32 look like s**t,” he wrote on Instagram.
Unbelievable. Funny. Admirable. The ugliness is worth it. Choose your adjective here. They were all working on what happened on Saturday at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course. Matt Wallace is something else in the third round of the DP World Tour Championship.
With a small catch. But we’ll get to that in a second.
Why all the attention? Here’s what Wallace did, teeing off on the 437-yard, par-4 10th:
– Birdie, after a 29-foot putt.
– Birdie, after an 18-foot putt on the 401-yard, par-4 11th.
– Birdie, after hitting his second shot to 6 feet on the 476-yard, par-4 12th.
– Birdie, after hitting his tee shot to 3 feet on the 187-yard, par-3 13th.
– Birdie, after coming home in two on the 626-yard, par-5 14th.
– Birdie, after hitting his second shot to a foot on the 371-yard, par-4 15th.
– Birdie, after hitting his second shot to a foot on the 486-yard, par-4 16th.
– Birdie, after hitting his tee shot to 5 feet on the 175-yard, par-3 17th.
– Birdie, after hitting his third shot, from a greenside bunker, to a foot on the 535-yard, par-5 18th.
Nine holes. Nine birdies. A back-nine 27 for Wallace. And with his three-under 33 on the front nine, the 33-year-old Englishman shot a 12-under 60, and he leads the DP World Tour’s final event of the year by a shot over Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood entering. in the final round on Sunday.
“What a day, an amazing day,” Wallace said. “I just tried my best to get myself back into the tournament. I’m so glad I did that. The game is great.
“To change at the end, I didn’t even think about having 59. To be honest I think it helped me a little bit. I just played well coming up, keep getting one more when I can and I did that.
He never thought about the 59, which was only shot once on the DP World Tour?
“Yeah, pretty gutted right now actually a little bit,” Wallace said. “Great opportunity to do this. I did it at Moorpark on the West Course which was only a par 68, but to make it there would be pretty special now.
However, his day put him in the record books.
With that little catch.
The nine consecutive birdies tied the DP World Tour record, according to the tour. The 12 birdies tied a record. The nine-hole score of 27 tied a record. The nine-hole score at nine-under tied a record. But there is an asterisk.
They play the round with lift, clean and impact area.
However, no one else came within four shots of Wallace on Saturday. He’s in line for one of the biggest wins of his career, too.
“Yeah, no bogeys in two rounds, which is nice,” Wallace said. “I played hard. Played with Rory yesterday and I felt like my game was just there, and obviously that was proven today.
“And now here I am. In the Czech Republic, I played to keep my card, and mostly played on the PGA Tour this year, so once I came second there, it kind of inspired me and then I wanted to do the DP World and now I’m here and we have a chance to win tomorrow. That’s the whole focus there.”
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