European Tour

DP World Tour Championship 2018

November 15-18

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$8,000,000

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November 15-18

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

$8,000,000

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Round 2

Wallace cries freedom in Dubai

November 16, 2018

Matt Wallace is seeking his fourth win of a remarkable season as he recorded a bogey-free round of 65 to take a one shot lead into the weekend at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai – the eighth and final Rolex Series event of 2018.

Wallace cries freedom in Dubai, © Getty Images

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The Englishman, who admitted he is playing with more freedom this week after putting too much pressure on himself recently, got off to a fast start in his bid to secure his first Rolex Series title, birdieing the first two holes on the way to a round of seven under par for the day and a total of 11 under.

“That's up there with one of the best this year. With it being in round two, as well, it's nice. Haven't done that much this year, improving on the first round. I seem to play really nice the first day and just go backwards. That was nice today and hopefully more on the weekend."

“ I've got rid of all the expectations that have come with playing well and winning; I've expected higher from myself and that's just killed me. So I'm playing with freedom now and trying to place as high as I possibly can come the back nine holes on Sunday and then that's when I normally will try and kick in and want to win a tournament, depending on where I am. Last week was the best week I've had mentally because I've had no expectations and I finished fifth. That's nice.”

A victory on Sunday would make Wallace the 14th player to win four times or more in a European Tour season and the first since Alex Noren in 2016, but he has an elite pack close behind him at Jumeirah Golf Estates

The 2016 Masters Tournament winner Danny Willett fired a 67 to reach ten under par alongside fellow Englishman Jordan Smith and Adrian Otaegui of Spain. Reigning Masters Champion Patrick Reed of the Unites States is one shot further back after a bogey-free round of 66.

“You kind of saw the scoring from this morning, you knew the scoring is pretty low, so you knew there was obviously going to be a few chances out there," said Willett. "Four nice ones in a row to the turn and then a made a silly bogey down 10 and then bounced back nicely again on them last eight holes. It was a little bit up-and-down in there but all in all another 67 was a really solid day."

“I've said it all year, really, since everything has been good. It's nice to be back seeing the lads. It's nice to be back in contention, playing good golf and moving well and actually enjoying the game that you took up many years ago because you loved it. Yeah, really in a nice place.”

In the battle to be crowned Europe's Number One, England's Tommy Fleetwood needs a win to have a chance of successfully defending his Race to Dubai title and he is currently three shots off the lead at eight under par, alongside three-time Race to Dubai winner Rory McIlroy, Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Dean Burmester of South Africa.

“It was a completely different day ball-striking-wise," said Fleetwood. "Yesterday I couldn't have got any more out of that round of golf, and it felt amazing to just get off and I felt like I kind of stole a couple of shots. Today, in a strange kind of way, you know, you can easily look back at shots that I might have -- that I could have done better, but I did so many good things. I will very gladly take that today but ball-striking today was a completely different day to yesterday."

“Every shot seems very important. It's just a completely different feeling to any other week of the year. They are experiences that you have to have and that you want, but yeah, every shot just like a little bit more heightened. All your senses are a little bit heightened and every shot means that little bit more because it all comes down to this. And again, from a tournament perspective, 72 holes is a long time but it's a very short period of time that we've got left now in the grand scheme of the year.”

Defending champion Jon Rahm and Swedish pair Henrik Stenson and Alexander Björk are then at seven under par.

To seal back-to-back Race to Dubai titles Fleetwood also needs Italy's Francesco Molinari to finish outside of the top five, with a 73 leaving the Open Champion eight shots off the lead.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-11
68
65
133
T2
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-10
66
68
134
T2
Danny Willett
ENG
-10
67
67
134
T2
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
66
68
134
5
Patrick Reed
USA
-9
69
66
135
T6
Dean Burmester
RSA
-8
71
65
136
T6
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
70
66
136
T6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
69
67
136
T6
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
69
67
136
T10
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
72
65
137
T10
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-7
71
66
137
T10
Jon Rahm
ESP
-7
67
70
137
T13
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
69
69
138
T13
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
69
69
138
T13
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
68
70
138
T13
Tom Lewis
ENG
-6
69
69
138
T17
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
72
67
139
T17
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
70
69
139
T17
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-5
71
68
139
T20
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
69
71
140
T20
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-4
69
71
140
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
69
71
140
T20
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
71
69
140
T20
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
73
67
140
T20
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-4
73
67
140
T20
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
70
70
140
T27
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
68
73
141
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
68
73
141
T27
Paul Dunne
IRL
-3
72
69
141
T27
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
68
73
141
T27
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
73
68
141
T27
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
69
72
141
T33
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
71
71
142
T33
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
71
71
142
T33
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
69
73
142
T33
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
72
70
142
T33
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
70
72
142
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
70
72
142
T33
Xander Schauffele
USA
-2
71
71
142
T40
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
70
73
143
T40
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
69
74
143
T40
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-1
71
72
143
T43
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
72
72
144
T43
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
74
70
144
T43
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
71
73
144
T43
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
71
73
144
47
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
74
71
145
T48
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
72
74
146
T48
Branden Grace
RSA
2
71
75
146
T48
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
72
74
146
T48
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
74
72
146
T52
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
76
71
147
T52
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
72
75
147
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
4
73
75
148
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
74
74
148
T54
Ryan Fox
NZL
4
74
74
148
57
Chris Wood
ENG
5
73
76
149
58
Brandon Stone
RSA
6
74
76
150
59
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
11
76
79
155
RET
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
75
-
75
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R2
Total
1
Matt Wallace
ENG
-11
65
133
T2
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-10
68
134
T2
Danny Willett
ENG
-10
67
134
T2
Jordan Smith
ENG
-10
68
134
5
Patrick Reed
USA
-9
66
135
T6
Dean Burmester
RSA
-8
65
136
T6
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-8
66
136
T6
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
67
136
T6
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-8
67
136
T10
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-7
65
137
T10
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-7
66
137
T10
Jon Rahm
ESP
-7
70
137
T13
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-6
69
138
T13
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
69
138
T13
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-6
70
138
T13
Tom Lewis
ENG
-6
69
138
T17
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
67
139
T17
Lee Westwood
ENG
-5
69
139
T17
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-5
68
139
T20
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
71
140
T20
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-4
71
140
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
71
140
T20
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
69
140
T20
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
67
140
T20
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-4
67
140
T20
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
70
140
T27
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-3
73
141
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
73
141
T27
Paul Dunne
IRL
-3
69
141
T27
Ross Fisher
ENG
-3
73
141
T27
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
68
141
T27
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-3
72
141
T33
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
71
142
T33
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-2
71
142
T33
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
73
142
T33
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
70
142
T33
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
72
142
T33
Shane Lowry
IRL
-2
72
142
T33
Xander Schauffele
USA
-2
71
142
T40
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-1
73
143
T40
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
74
143
T40
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-1
72
143
T43
Alexander Levy
FRA
Par
72
144
T43
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
70
144
T43
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
73
144
T43
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
Par
73
144
47
Darren Fichardt
RSA
1
71
145
T48
Ashun Wu
CHI
2
74
146
T48
Branden Grace
RSA
2
75
146
T48
Ian Poulter
ENG
2
74
146
T48
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
2
72
146
T52
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
71
147
T52
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
75
147
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
4
75
148
T54
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
74
148
T54
Ryan Fox
NZL
4
74
148
57
Chris Wood
ENG
5
76
149
58
Brandon Stone
RSA
6
76
150
59
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
11
79
155
RET
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
-
75