& # 039; I feel that I belong on this stage & # 039; – Wallace reflects on his week on Sawgrass

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Matt Wallace will make his debut with the Masters in Augusta, which begins on April 11

Matt Wallace completed his debut in the Players Championship with a two-under-par 70 to finish at six under overall. Despite a bogey at the end where he found the water with his second shot, 28-year-old Londoner was still satisfied with a week spent in the company of & # 39; the world's best golfers. This is his last entry in his exclusive Players diary for BBC Sport.

If you had told me this time last year that I would play at the Players Championship at Sawgrass, I would have bit your hand off.

We have come a long way and we are now at the top table – and I must continue with this kind of result.

It was a mixed bag to complete. There were really very good things, some not so good and then also very bad.

It was tough there on Sunday. It was cold, swirling wind and wet. But it was manageable and you could take advantage of some holes.

This is a job where you get easy holes and you have to make your birds there, and then you really have to concentrate on the hard ones.

The biggest thing I've learned, not just from this event, but the last four weeks I've been gone, is that you can't let the final blow affect you at all. I was very good at that, but I let that attitude dwindle a little, the better I tried to get.

Poor shots would frustrate me, but you can't get frustrated here because the next stroke is so important. I learned that aspect and I did well.

If you look at my score cards when I have had bogeys, I have returned with birdies. Overall this week was a lot of fun and I am very happy that I came from the 17th with four par-three.

I always fell in the middle of the green. The statistics show you a shot on the field 0.2 times each time you do that, so that is 0.8 of a stroke during the week, which is pretty good.

The most important thing this week is knowing where they are putting the pins, how the course plays around the greens. I saw things that I didn't want to see because I didn't know what was going on with that green, depending on where the hole is. 19459001 Next year I will be able to attack some flags others.

Furthermore, this is a phase in which I feel that I belong. It's nice that people here know my name and they have greatly encouraged me. I try to give back to the fans because they come to see us and I love interacting with them.

It's fantastic here, the American fans are fantastic.

Now I am going home to get the keys to our new house, which I am very excited about. Then I fly back to the States for the WGC Matchplay in Austin, which starts on March 27.

Then it is a week off for my debut with the Masters. Life is great now and I have to smell the roses sometimes.

I played great, drove the ball fantastic except in my last round here, and there are so many positive things that I can take to the coming weeks.

If I play well, I know I can give myself a chance on this tour, like I did last week at Bay Hill where I finished sixth. Hopefully we will have to decline one of these tournaments soon.

Matt Wallace spoke with BBC wave correspondent Iain Carter.

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