Watford Observer – 27th July 2017
Pinner’s Moor Park Professional Matt Wallace fires opening round of 70 at European Open in Hamburg
A round featuring five birdies has helped Matt Wallace make a promising start to the Porsche European Open in Germany.
The Moor Park Golf Club professional opened with a two-under-par round of 70 at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg to lie in a share of 17th place at the time of writing, four shots behind early leader Richard Mcevoy.
Having won the Open de Portugal to secure his European Tour card, finished in a tie for 10th at the Lyoness Open and competed at the US Open this year, the 27-year-old has experienced a testing time over the past month by missing three successive European Tour cuts.
But after teeing off at the 10th and dropping a shot at the par fourth 13th, the 27-year-old got his round moving in the right direction on the 7,582-yard course with birdies on the last two of four par five holes on the ‘front’ nine, at 16 and 18.
Last year’s six-time Alps Tour winner moved to two-under with a third birdie at the par three second, only to let that shot slip at the par four fifth.
A third bogey followed at the par three eighth, but either side of that Wallace made birdie at the par four seventh and also on the course’s fifth par five hole, the ninth, to finish on two-under.
Ranked 160th in the world, the Pinner-based professional travelled to Germany 146th in the Race to Dubai standings.