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Matt Wallace ace

Wallace ace overshadowed by commentator blunder

Mike Wallace? Which Ping club did MATT use for his stunning hole-in-one on the 16th at Bellerive? James Savage dives into his bag
 

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a hole-in-one at a major championship.

The crowds go wild, you’re high-fiving everyone in a half-mile radius and you’ve just jumped 15 places on the leaderboard.

And then the commentator gets your name wrong.

Matt Wallace has won three times on the European Tour in the last 15 months and is ranked 75th in the world so he’s hardly an unknown.

Matt Wallace ace

But he was re-named ‘Mike’ by the CBS commentary team.

Anyway, we can forgive commentator Dave Whatshisname for a momentary lapse of concentration.

But Twitter wasn’t so forgiving…

The Wallace ace – which is the real reason we are here – came at the 232-yard par-3 16th.

So which club did the Ping staffer use to send a roar ringing around Bellerive?

Matt Wallace ace

The model was the brand new i210 which we reviewed recently. Wallace actually splits his set with the iBlade from 6-9 and the slightly larger and more forgiving i210 for his 3, 4 and 5.

Ping i210 irons review

So which was it for the 232-yard hole? 5-iron of course…

Matt Wallace ace

And after going to collect his ball Wallace threw it into the crowd rather than keeping it as a memento.

This was all the more surprising after Wallace revealed in his post-round interview that is was his first ace at a pro.

Matt Wallace ace

“To get it in a major championship was really special,” he said.

“I’d said a couple of holes earlier that this was the most fun I’ve ever had out on the golf course because the crowds were amazing.

“They love their sports around here. I had Tiger playing behind me which can put some people off but I loved looking back and seeing him there.

“I didn’t love the crowd roaring on my backswing at he hit it into 17 but that’s not his fault.”

Wallace has already secured his best finish in a major as he goes into the final round at -5.

This is the first time he’s made the cut in one.

James Savage

Former equipment editor of NCG. Inconsistent ball-striker and tea-maker.

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