Matt Wallace claimed his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open, holding off a final-round charge from Thorbjørn Olesen.
Wallace began the day just two shots off the lead at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof but found himself chasing the clubhouse target of nine-under-par for the majority of his round after Olesen fired a record breaking 61 on the final day.
Olesen opened up a three shot lead before the final group had even teed off, and although Wallace managed just a 34 on the front nine, five birdies in seven holes gave him a one-shot advantage over the Dane by the time he had signed for a 65.
It was then a waiting game as home hero Martin Kaymer and Finn Mikko Korhonen got within a shot of the leader but they both finished at nine under alongside Olesen, handing Wallace the third win of his European Tour career.
Olesen's 61 was the lowest round in BMW International Open history, the joint-lowest round of the season and the lowest round of the campaign so far to par as he piled the pressure on the later starters right from the off.
Wallace was the man who handled it best and he added to last season's victory at the Open de Portugal at Morgado Golf Resort and his triumph at the Hero Indian Open in March.
“Brilliant to win here in Germany,” Wallace said of his win. “The BMW is such a great event and to play against the likes of Martin Kaymer and the guys at the top there, it's great.
“I work hard for this. I believe I can do it. I want to go further, I want to keep building on this. Obviously this gives me a lot of confidence to go on and play well and I want to kick on and hopefully do this in the bigger events from now on.
“This is great, this is a step in the right direction. We'll keep working hard to bigger and better things.”
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