'Blink if you're safe' Wallace ripped over 'Sergio PR move' after caddie strop!

Some golf fans thought Matt Wallace's tribute to his French caddie Sam after his maiden PGA Tour victory was forced. 

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Mon, 27 Mar 2023
'Blink if you're safe' Wallace ripped over 'Sergio PR move' after caddie strop!

Matt Wallace was accused of a cheap PR move in the immediate aftermath of his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Corales Puntacana Championship. 

Wallace, 32, carded a final round of 6-under 66 to reach 19-under par and take the title by one stroke over Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard. 

The Englishman closed in superb fashion, notching four birdies to post the clubhouse lead. 

Wallace was understandably emotional after winning for the very first time on the PGA Tour. The victory means he's now fully exempt on the North American circuit for the 2022-2023 campaign. 

He now plans to try and win the forthcoming Valero Texas Open in a bid to qualify for the 2023 Masters.

His maiden win came a week after he was filmed having a strop with his French caddie Sam using some rather colourful language. 

The brief moment spread like wildfire on social media. One tour pro ripped Wallace to shreds for the exchange. 

Wallace explained that he was ready to hit a shot off the cart path at the Valspar Championship when his focus was taken away by Sam.

Apparently, his looper suggested he perhaps should've taken a drop. 

"It was a valid question from him," Wallace later told Sky Sports about the moment.

Still, the pair seem to have put the matter firmly behind them. Wallace embraced Sam on the 18th green with a big bear hug. 

This video was later posted onto the official PGA Tour social media channels:

Some golf fans thought this moment was forced. 

"The Sergio school of PR," one person wrote in dig at LIV Golf League player Garcia

Another added: "Blink twice if you're safe!"

Someone posted this:

@JedArnett1 wrote: "Sorry to see him win. Happy for Sam but last week should have gotten him a suspension." 

Looks like last week's b****cking paid off, another said. 

"Everyone knows I'm a feisty character"

Wallace paid tribute to his caddie in his winner's press conference. 

He was informed this was his 80th start on the PGA Tour, which came as a surprise to the Englishman who will be hoping to be in the European team at the 2023 Ryder Cup

Wallace said:

"Didn't get off to the start I kind of wanted today, but Sam was brilliant and we just were so positive. Then the way I finished was exactly how I feel like I can play golf. That was awesome, down those final few holes was brilliant and I'm really proud of myself to get through that."

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