Betfred British Masters - R2

Wallace enjoying the patient life as he reaps the rewards of his new approach

May 09-12
Hillside Golf Club, Southport, England
£3,000,000
Live leaderboard
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Matt Wallace set the clubhouse target on day two of the British Masters
Matt Wallace set the clubhouse target on day two of the British Masters (Peter Byrne/PA)

Matt Wallace is preaching patience and passing on post-round pizza as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Open champion Francesco Molinari.

Less than four years ago Wallace was finishing fifth in a tournament on the

Alps Tour to move up to 1,672nd in the world rankings, but the following year won six times on the same circuit and then claimed his first European Tour title in Portugal in 2017.

Three more wins in 2018 meant Wallace was unfortunate to miss out on a wild card for the Ryder Cup in Paris, but a second round of 67 in the British Masters put the world number 36 in pole position for a fifth win in two years and the first prize of £500,000.


Wallace, who has yet to drop a shot this week, is determined to continue his meteoric rise and has recently started working with fitness expert Dr Steve McGregor, who counts former world number ones Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood among his previous clients.

“I’ve got a brilliant team with the inclusion of Steve now, his history speaks for itself getting two players to world number one,” the 29-year-old Londoner said. “Two great players obviously, but if he can do some of that magic to me hopefully we can get to that position or close enough.

“He’s taken a different role to what he did with Westy and Rory, he’s assessing what I’m doing during the week with my physio Harry and we’ll come up with a plan to get better and fitter and stronger and mentally stronger.

“For example, at Hilton Head recently after a first round of four over I’d go back and I’d be so annoyed and all I’d want to do is have a pizza and go to bed.

Matt Wallace set the clubhouse target on day two of the British Masters
Matt Wallace set the clubhouse target on day two of the British Masters (Peter Byrne/PA)

“Whereas if you look at the bigger picture it’s not about that four over, it’s about the long-term where you go back, don’t worry about it, get some good food, good rest so you’re better off the next day and that gives you the best chance of competing the next day.

“If it doesn’t happen, at least the day after that you’re going to be better and fitter to go and practice.

“If I look at the bigger picture of the next three or four years it’s very similar to Francesco (Molinari). Three years ago he wasn’t where he is now and I want to be doing what he’s doing, Ryder Cups and majors and competing at every single event pretty much.”

At 12 under par Wallace enjoyed a one-shot lead over fellow Englishman Ross Fisher, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, Belgium’s Thomas Detry and Sweden’s Niklas Lemke, who came close to equalling a world record during a 64 punctuated by a 72-minute delay due to the threat of lightning.


Lemke carded eight birdies in a row during from the 13th to the second to fall just one short of the mark set by former Open champion Mark Calcavecchia in 2009 and equalled by Australia’s James Nitties in February’s Vic Open.

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The world number 371, who had missed the cut in six of his last seven events, had the third-best stroke average in the history of Arizona State University behind Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson, but came close to giving up the game after struggling in the professional ranks.

“Three years ago I decided I was going to give it two years and if I felt I was getting better I would continue,” said the 35-year-old, who graduated from the European Tour qualifying school last year at the 10th attempt. “I made a two-year plan and committed to it.

“There are still some ups and downs but it feels like it’s going in the right direction.”

First-round leader Matthew Jordan is three shots off the pace after following his course record of 63 on Thursday with a 72, while tournament host Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Eddie Pepperell are two strokes further back after rounds of 69 and 67 respectively.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-12
65
67
132
T2
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-11
69
64
133
T2
Ross Fisher
ENG
-11
68
65
133
T2
Thomas Detry
BEL
-11
66
67
133
T2
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-11
66
67
133
6
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-10
65
69
134
7
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-9
63
72
135
T8
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-8
69
67
136
T8
Lee Westwood
ENG
-8
66
70
136
T8
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-8
69
67
136
T11
Scott Hend
AUS
-7
68
69
137
T11
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-7
68
69
137
T11
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-7
70
67
137
T11
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-7
70
67
137
T11
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-7
68
69
137
T11
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
68
69
137
T17
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T17
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-6
70
68
138
T17
Sean Crocker
USA
-6
67
71
138
T17
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-6
69
69
138
T17
Richard Sterne
RSA
-6
70
68
138
T17
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-6
67
71
138
T23
Michael Hoey
NIR
-5
68
71
139
T23
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-5
66
73
139
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
68
71
139
T23
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-5
68
71
139
T23
Liam Johnston
SCO
-5
71
68
139
T23
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T23
Martin Kaymer
GER
-5
68
71
139
T23
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-5
69
70
139
T23
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-5
70
69
139
T23
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
69
70
139
T23
Tom Lewis
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T34
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
72
68
140
T34
Hugo Leon
CHI
-4
72
68
140
T34
Steven Brown
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T34
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-4
70
70
140
T34
Paul Dunne
IRL
-4
71
69
140
T34
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-4
69
71
140
T34
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
72
68
140
T34
Connor Syme
SCO
-4
72
68
140
T34
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
72
68
140
T34
Renato Paratore
ITA
-4
73
67
140
T34
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-4
71
69
140
T34
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-4
72
68
140
T46
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
71
70
141
T46
Jack Senior
ENG
-3
72
69
141
T46
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-3
71
70
141
T46
Oliver Farr
WAL
-3
71
70
141
T46
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
70
71
141
T46
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-3
72
69
141
T46
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-3
74
67
141
T46
Gavin Green
MAS
-3
74
67
141
T46
Stuart Manley
WAL
-3
71
70
141
T46
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
73
68
141
T46
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-3
69
72
141
T46
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-3
73
68
141
T46
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-3
73
68
141
T46
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
71
70
141
T46
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
73
68
141
T61
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
73
69
142
T61
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
68
74
142
T61
David Howell
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T61
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T61
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T61
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
69
73
142
T61
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
74
68
142
T61
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
72
70
142
T61
David Horsey
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T61
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T61
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
71
71
142
T61
David Law
SCO
-2
71
71
142
T61
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T61
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-2
71
71
142
T61
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-2
75
67
142
T61
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
75
68
143
CUT
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-1
73
70
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
73
70
143
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Matthew Cort
ENG
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Per Laengfors
SWE
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
Par
72
72
144
CUT
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
72
72
144
CUT
David Dixon
ENG
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Espen Kofstad
NOR
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Ivan Cantero
ESP
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
Par
76
68
144
CUT
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Ryan Fox
NZL
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
77
68
145
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
1
75
70
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
1
75
70
145
CUT
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
68
77
145
CUT
Max Schmitt
GER
1
75
70
145
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
1
76
69
145
CUT
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
1
75
70
145
CUT
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
73
73
146
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
72
74
146
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
75
71
146
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
70
76
146
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
73
73
146
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
74
72
146
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
3
74
73
147
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
3
76
71
147
CUT
Ashun Wu
CHI
3
73
74
147
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
3
72
75
147
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
75
72
147
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
75
72
147
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
4
73
75
148
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
4
73
75
148
CUT
John Catlin
USA
4
71
77
148
CUT
Andy Sullivan
ENG
5
78
71
149
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
5
80
69
149
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
71
78
149
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
5
77
72
149
CUT
David Borda
ESP
6
77
73
150
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
6
79
71
150
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
6
76
74
150
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Conor Gough
ENG
7
77
74
151
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
7
72
79
151
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
7
74
77
151
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
8
76
76
152
CUT
Max Orrin
ENG
8
78
74
152
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
8
76
76
152
CUT
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
10
79
75
154
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
78
78
RET
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
Par
78
78
RET
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
0