The journey from Heathrow Airport to his base in Sunningdale takes 20 minutes on a quiet day.

Anybody who has pushed alongside the A30 is aware of how treacherous it may be throughout rush hour, leaving loads of time to ponder.

So whenhe arrives again to London later this week and takes the quick journey dwelling,a highway he navigates numerous occasions per yr, Matt Wallace will reflecton what has been his most interesting season but.

By his personal aggressive requirements, the world No29 could also be disenchanted not to have added to his 4 European Tour triumphs, however stellar outcomes must be counseled on a private degree nonetheless.

He began off the yr with second on the Dubai Desert Basic and adopted that up with a T6 on the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida.

In Might, he recorded a T2 on the British Masters and then achieved a surprising T3 on the PGA Championship in Bethpage Black.

That’s not to point out his T12 on the US Open and third place finishes on the KLM Open and BMW Open.

There have been top-10s additionally thrown within the combine on the Italian Open and Portugal Masters.Outcomes that will delight most gamers.

However Wallace is completely different. He has that internal resolve. That steely dedication. One thing you possibly can’t train an individual. It’s a drive the place one is continually motivated by the following goal and, most of all, to win.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Matt Wallace on striving to win, his 2019 season and playing with Tiger Woods - Sport360 News

Reflecting on his season, Audemars PiguetambassadorWallace instructed Sport360: “There was good consistency all yr, some good outcomes which is sweet, however I’m at all times striving to win. You need to recover from the road and maintain the trophy. I suppose it simply wasn’t my yr this yr.

“I obtained off to such a superb begin initially of the yr that I felt I might actually push on and actually make one thing of the Race to Dubai, however sadly I didn’t.

“I played a lot this year. The last five weeks I was trying to run on adrenaline and that didn’t see me through. I didn’t play as well as I wanted to at the end of the year. Overall, I’d give myself a B+ grade for my efforts.”

The B+ grade remains to be a formidable achievement by most individuals’s excessive requirements however there’s at all times a motivation to do higher for Wallace.

Though he performed two much less tournaments than his 2018 season, the 29-year-previous travelled to compete in additional occasions in numerous nations and missed much less cuts. Naturally, between the gruelling schedule and extra time on course, it affected his vitality ranges and basic sharpness.

But every year is a studying curve and each skilled may have their varied takeaways that may assist spur them on to turn into extra rounded and crafted gamers for the next yr.

Relaxation and an improved schedule for the brand new season is certain to carry again that psychological and bodily freshness that he wishes, and hopefully propel him to additional success.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Matt Wallace on striving to win, his 2019 season and playing with Tiger Woods - Sport360 News

“I definitely saw improvements in my game in Dubai last week. I’ve got to work on my technique a little bit more. I need to work on my driving and get it back to where it was at the start of the season. I’ve improved my iron play but that can still be improved. Short game, putting as well,” stated Wallace.

“The key for me is rest. To get my sharpness back and get my intensity back tobe able to come to Abu Dhabi at the start of the year and then I have Dubai and give it the best shot I’ve got. I enjoy playing in the desert so hopefully I can come back and be confident and give myself the best chance.”

Away from the outcomes and varied enhancements, playing with Tiger Woods on the Open Championship at Portrush ranks among the many finestmoments of his marketing campaign.

An idol for each golfer, it should have been daunting to see your identify drawn to play alongside the 15-time main champion for the opening two rounds within the ultimate main of the yr.

Wallace really first met Woods as a vivid-eyed 13-year-previous on the Open in Royal St. George’s in 2003 and, whereas the American is unlikely to bear in mind their first encounter, the Londoner will at all times maintain that reminiscence.

“It was amazing. It was the highlight of my year after my own results was to be able to play with Tiger Woods. He’s a super nice guy and great to play with. His aura and everything about him and the crowds that he brings. Hopefully I’ll get to play with him again in the future,” he stated.

Wallace carried out admirably with Woods, posting solidrounds of 73 and 70 to sit on one-over par on the midway stage, whereas Woods missed the minimize after carding disappointing rounds of 78 and 70 to finish any hopes of a fourth Open triumph.

Regardless, it was memorable for the Hillingdon native.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Matt Wallace on striving to win, his 2019 season and playing with Tiger Woods - Sport360 News

“I was there to watch him rather than play myself really, but as soon as I got over the initial ‘I’m playing with Tiger’, it was then full focus on how I am going to perform as best as I can. I think actually playing with him helped me to focus better,” he remembers.

“I bear in mind on the primary tee, he hit it up the left hand aspect, and I bear in mind saying ‘he is human after all’ and I hit mine down the center. On the finish of the day, he can’t have an effect on how I play and he gained’t care the place my ball goes. I wanted to do my job.

“I was happy with how I performed with Tiger and it’s a great story to have for the rest of my life.”

Regardless of ending the yr with no victory, Wallace has been constant all season and that ought to bode effectively when he takes a effectively-deserved break from aggressive motion this week.

He’ll do his greatest to hold the golf equipment away for just a few weeks, however that aggressive beast in him is certain to need to get again out playing, hitting the fitness center and high-quality-tuning his psychological sport forward of the 2020 season.

Twelve months in the past, he simply broke into the world top-50 at quantity 44 on the again of his T2 end in Dubai. Now, simply over a yr later, he sits handsomely in 29th place.

Life is nice for Wallace. He purchased his first home earlier this yr in Sunningdale, has nice folks round him and his golf iscontinuing to brim with class and function.

“I’m learning more and more. For next season, I’m going to get back to the ambitious younger Matt Wallace that I was a couple of years ago when I didn’t really care and I tried to win as many tournaments as possible. This year, I tried to conserve a little bit because I knew I was playing all around the world,” he stated.

“I’ll be heading into every single event next year with lots of energy because I’ll have my schedule planned a bit better so I’m going to be giving my best in every single tournament and try to win every one.”

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