Cape Town - Matt Wallace couldn't deny his
disappointment at missing out on a Ryder Cup pick, but said he
understood Thomas Bjorn's reasoning.
Wallace made a strong claim for inclusion in Bjorn's side after
following up 2018 victories at the Indian Open and the BMW
International Open with another win at the Made In Denmark last week,
In Denmark on Sunday, the 28-year-old got into a four-man play-off by
birdying five of his last six holes and then made successive birdies in
extra time to clinch the title - all with Bjorn looking on.
Four victories in 15 months is nothing to sneeze at, but ultimately
it wasn't enough to earn one of Bjorn's coveted wildcard picks.
The Dane, clearly mindful of the amount of newcomers in his side,
opted to pick four experienced campaigners instead in Sergio Garcia,
Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, and that meant no place for
"Obviously I'm disappointed," Wallace told Sky Sports. "That was my goal and my dream and I thought I showed enough on the Sunday to get a pick.
"He (Bjorn) called me up to say how impressed he was and well I've
been playing. He was very complimentary about my game and my mind-set
and ultimately he said it was not good news.
"I accept that, I respect his decision. I've looked at the people he
has picked and he has gone with experience, which I believe they
probably need aswell."
Wallace certainly isn't about to hold a grudge and he remains 100 percent
behind the European team as they prepare to do battle in Paris later
"I fully back Team Europe now to go and give the Americans a good
go," Wallace added. "Hopefully I can be there supporting or helping out.
"I've had a lot of disappointments in my life and my career playing
golf, and I've always used it as fire to get better. This is probably
one of the biggest ones you can have, so I just say watch this space