Confidence is key at the US Open, where ejection lurks at every corner of the golf course. If you are not fully committed to every shot, you will get exposed.
That’s why we have nothing but the utmost respect for this move from England’s Matt Wallace, who arrived at Winged Foot’s par-5 12th at one-under for the championship. After hitting a booming drive, Wallace then hit his second just in front of the green, leaving him with a 40-metre pitch shot to a back pin.
Understandably, Wallace was feeling himself. So he had his caddie go up and tend the flag, potentially so that he could hit it past the hole, using the slope to bring it back towards the cup. Confidence level: 1 billion.
He just didn’t execute:
Classic. Matt Wallace has his caddie tend it from 56 yards out and then he chunks it. pic.twitter.com/WeRP3wvP6l
— Fantasy Golf Pod (@fantasygolfpod) September 17, 2020
Tough scene. If you’re going to go full Phil, you better at least scare the hole. Something like this:
But to lay the sod over it? Yikes. Again, can’t help but respect the confidence, but the execution was not there. Wallace went on to bogey, three-putting from there. Doesn’t get more relatable than being 40 metres short of a par-5 green in two and making six.