Matt Wallace climbs new peaks of his ability in reaching 2017 US Open

Englishman won six times on a minor tour last year but a chance encounter and victory at Portugal Open have changed his career

Matt Wallace has learned to trust those with a hunch. The finest endorsement for those who believed in the 27-year-old will arrive on Thursday morning when he makes his major championship debut, at the US Open. A year ago, Wallace was enjoying the most fruitful spell of an unremarkable career, winning three times on the Alps Tour, where first prizes occasionally approach £10,000. There was also a meeting with Chubby Chandler, the influential agent, when Wallace attended the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth as a spectator.

“This is freaky,” Wallace says. “It was the first time I’d ever met him. He said: ‘You know what, Matt? You are going to be playing here next year.’ I said: ‘Shut up. I’m on the Alps Tour, I have to play Challenge Tour, win things there … how am I even going to get close?’”

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