Matt Wallace victorious after four-way play-off in Denmark

English golfer presses claims for Ryder Cup wildcard with another European Tour win

Matt Wallace secured victory in Denmark after a four-way play-off. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

Matt Wallace secured victory in Denmark after a four-way play-off. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

 

Matt Wallace made an impressive case for a Ryder Cup wild card with a third win in his last 15 starts, a victory completed in dramatic fashion in front of captain Thomas Bjorn in the final qualifying event.

Wallace birdied five of his last six holes to finish 19 under par and get into an all-English four-man play-off with Lee Westwood, Steven Brown and Jonathan Thomson at the Made in Denmark event at Bjorn’s home course in Silkeborg.

The quartet returned to the 18th for the first extra hole and Brown piled the pressure on his opponents with an approach to three feet, but Wallace hit his to seven feet and both made birdie, while Westwood and Thomson were eliminated with pars.

Wallace and Brown then headed back to the par-four 18th and Wallace produced an even better approach to set up a winning birdie from four feet as Bjorn looked on.

Bjorn’s fellow Dane Thorbjorn Olesen had earlier secured the final automatic place on the team to face the United States at Le Golf National at the end of the month when Matt Fitzpatrick was unable to claim the victory he needed.

Fitzpatrick could only finish in a tie for seventh despite back-to-back rounds of 66 over the weekend and joins the likes of Wallace, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Rafa Cabrera Bello in anxiously waiting to see Bjorn’s four wild card selections on Wednesday.

Asked if his win had given Bjorn a selection headache, Wallace said: “I’ve given myself one! That play-off was pretty mental, four-man, to keep the 100 per cent record going as well from the one in India (where he beat Andrew Johnston) is really nice.

“To do it in the style I’ve done it, I’ve birdied the last five holes including the two play-off holes, is pretty special. That just shows who I am right there, my determination, my grit and that’s what I’m all about.”

Olesen, who surged into Ryder Cup contention with a victory and four other top 10s in his last nine events before this week, said: “It’s been an incredible summer, a lot of pressure but I’ve been playing well and it’s been a lot of fun.

“I’ve watched the Ryder Cup since I was six or seven years old and it looks special. Two years ago I got a bit of the experience watching it all from Thomas’ buggy and I think that will help me a little bit.

“It’s going to be a great team and hopefully we can get the trophy back to Europe.”

Olesen joins fellow rookies Jon Rahm, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood and Alex Noren in the side alongside Open champion Francesco Molinari, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

“There’s a few newcomers in there but strong names and people that I have a lot of trust in,” Bjorn told Sky Sports. “It was obviously nice to see Thorbjorn making the team, it’s been a tough few weeks for him but I think he deserves his place.

“I have a lot of belief in these guys. They’ve won big golf tournaments so you don’t feel like they are rookies, but Ryder Cup is different. We all feel it and get those juices flowing and it is a different tournament to play in.

“I’m pretty set on two or three names and then we’ve still got a bit of discussion to do and a bit of golf to watch from America over the next few days and then we’ll see.

“I’m pretty much there in my head in how I see this team being and how I want to try and mix and match everyone. But there’s still one little doubt in my head.”

Collated final round scores & totals for Made In Denmark, Silkeborg Ry GC, Aarhus, Denmark (Britain unless stated, no Irish competitors, par 72):

269 Matt Wallace 68 68 66 67 (Wallace won at the second extra play-off hole), Steven Brown 70 68 63 68, Jonathan Thomson 64 69 68 68, Lee Westwood 68 65 67 69

270 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa) 67 70 68 65

271 Lucas Bjerregaard (Den) 66 71 68 66

272 Thomas Detry (Bel) 67 68 66 71, Matthew Fitzpatrick 72 68 66 66

273 Ashley Chesters 69 70 68 66

274 Sam Horsfield 67 67 71 69, Adrian Otaegui (Spa) 70 67 68 69

275 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 73 66 69 67, Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha) 68 69 72 66, Richie Ramsay 69 71 68 67, Ryan Evans 67 71 72 65, Matthew Baldwin 66 69 71 69

276 Robert Rock 67 70 70 69, Aksel Olsen (Nor) 72 68 66 70, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 71 66 68 71

277 Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) 67 71 70 69, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den) 73 69 67 68, Callum Shinkwin 71 66 67 73, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa) 66 65 73 73, Jordan Smith 70 70 70 67, Scott Fernandez (Spa) 67 73 73 64, Matthew Southgate 68 70 69 70

278 Romain Wattel (Fra) 73 69 67 69, Stephen Gallacher 72 69 68 69, Nicolai Tinning (Den) 69 68 70 71, Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 68 72 72 66, Justin Walters (Rsa) 70 70 66 72, Pep Angles (Spa) 72 66 69 71, Pedro Oriol (Spa) 68 72 67 71

279 David Drysdale 68 70 70 71, Thomas Pieters (Bel) 69 68 72 70, James Morrison 69 73 69 68

280 Ricardo Gouveia (Por) 71 71 69 69, Frederik Dreier (Den) 72 69 70 69, Matthew Nixon 73 69 69 69, Haydn Porteous (Rsa) 70 72 69 69, Richard McEvoy 67 71 70 72, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn) 71 71 70 68, Fabrizio Zanotti (Pry) 69 68 74 69, Hunter Stewart (USA) 66 70 72 72

281 Chris Hanson 70 67 71 73, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 68 72 70 71, Gary Stal (Fra) 74 67 71 69, Oliver Farr 75 67 71 68

282 Marcus Kinhult (Swe) 68 74 70 70, Joachim B. Hansen (Den) 72 70 71 69, Ashun Wu (Chn) 70 68 73 71, Nick Cullen (Aus) 70 71 72 69, Bradley Dredge 71 68 71 72, Josh Geary (Nzl) 66 73 73 70, Jin-ho Choi (Kor) 73 69 73 67

283 Richard Bland 72 68 69 74, Matthew Millar (Aus) 72 69 69 73, Charlie Ford 72 70 69 72, David Horsey 73 68 72 70, Paul Peterson (USA) 71 67 72 73, Adrien Saddier (Fra) 71 71 72 69, Eddie Pepperell 70 69 74 70, Scott Vincent (Zim) 69 73 70 71, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 74 68 69 72

284 Brett Rumford (Aus) 66 71 78 69, Tom Lewis 70 68 73 73, Jamie Donaldson 67 74 70 73, Niklas Norgaard Moller (Den) 69 73 72 70

285 Jason Scrivener (Aus) 71 69 72 73, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 70 69 71 75

288 Thomas Aiken (Rsa) 72 70 72 74, Oliver Fisher 71 71 71 75

289 Pontus Widegren (Swe) 69 73 76 71

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