Matt Wallace lands third European Tour title


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World number 91 Matt Wallace produced a superb final-round performance in Munich on Sunday to win the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof by a shot.

Englishman Wallace, who landed his second European Tour crown at the Hero Indian Open in March, started the day two shots off the pace but quickly made up that deficit with birdies at the first and third holes.

The 28-year-old, who missed the cut at last week’s US Open at Shinnecock Hills, then went on a birdie blitz on the back nine, making gains at the 10th, 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th to sign for a seven-under-par 65 and finish on -10.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen carded a sensational 11-under-par 61 to finish in a three-way tie for second on -9 alongside Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Finland’s Mikko Korhonen, who signed for rounds of 68 and 67 respectively.

England’s Aaron Rai and Dane Lucas Bjerregaard were a further shot back on -8, enough for a share of fifth, whilst another Dane in the shape of Soren Kjeldsen and Australian Scott Hend ended up on -7.

South African Justin Walters, Spaniard Nacho Elvira and England’s Andy Sullivan shared ninth place on -6 whilst world number 18 Sergio Garcia headed a group of four players a further stroke back.

Wallace’s victory will see him make a significant rise in his world ranking position of 91, whilst his chances of making Europe’s Ryder Cup team have also been boosted.

Europe are 2.15 to win back the trophy at Le Golf National later this year, while a draw is priced at 12.00 and reigning champions the USA are narrow 1.80 favourites.

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