& # 039; Sawgrass is a good, correct golf course & # 039; – Wallace & # 039; s Players & # 039; diary

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Wallace recorded three of his four European Tour wins in 2018The Players ChampionshipVenue: Players Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass Date: March 14-17Coverage: live text commentary and in-play highlights during the third and final round on Saturday and Sunday at the BBC Sport website, plus regular course updates on BBC Radio 5 Live

Rising star Matt Wallace makes his debut in Players Championship on the stadium course at Sawgrass, which starts on Thursday. 28-year-old Londoner, who finished sixth last Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, offers an exclusive Players diary for BBC Sport.

This place is fantastic. It is a good, good golf course and it was already a different experience.

For example, on the 17th-century green island, it was the first time I felt so intense during a practice round. I was not really nervous but the intensity levels increased enormously.

Normally I am not a very good practice-round player, I just try to see everything and see the bad things and try to plot a way.

But that tee shot was a serious focus because people were watching and you didn't want to confuse it. It was the first time I had & # 39; n intensity before a tournament actually started.

I made two shots; one to the right flag and then one to a front flag and both found the green so that everything went well.

I had a conversation with Sir Nick Faldo early in the week and he has been brilliant. He answered me and watched my game.

We did a little bit about transferring and a bit about chipping and talking about some tournaments that are coming – especially in April – you know the one where he did particularly well!

I & # 39; I get messages from home telling me how well I went to the PGA Tour and it was great to be able to watch me at night instead of missing it during the day.

We started well in the United States. Getting the invitation to the Honda Classic was so special, knowing that the golf course fits so well with the television and it was as difficult as it seems.

It makes my intensity levels rise because it is so difficult here. You have to drive well, hit different types of iron shots to hold the greens and slow the ball.

That wave level makes you better and that is where my levels are. I really enjoy it; I love the crowds, I love everything about the PGA Tour and this place is pretty special.

It is nice to place myself in these situations so early in the year. The second finish in Dubai caused the juices to flow and then came here for a new tour for me.

Some people may have wondered if I was ready, but I didn't think so. I just tried to play a good golf and what's more is that I'm in situations like last Sunday when I was in it on the last afternoon.

I was a little disappointed to miss that short break at the last one in Bay Hill, but I always try to use setbacks to make myself better.

So I went and saw coach Phil Kenyon set up yesterday. He teaches my coach Mike Kanski and if I hadn't missed that break, I wouldn't have.

Phil made me realize that I had turned the road to the left and there is a beauty in it because I only saw it because I missed that well. Now my goal will be better and I feel more comfortable because of the missed break.

I listened to Justin Rose who said this is someone's golf course. The best player wins and that's so good for me when I come to events like this.

If I play golf that I know I can do, I know I will get a chance. It is literally good golf and seeing where you stand against the best players in the world.

I went to college here, so I am acclimatized to play, but the way my wave has changed just contributes to how you play here.

You have to hit fairways and greens and pin and draw well. That was especially the case in Bay Hill last week, where the rough was so thick.

I think that's why you saw so many Europeans at the top of the rankings.

Wallace broke into the top 100 in the world last year with a victory in India and is currently in 36th place.

This is not the first time I have participated here. I did the tournament at Jacksonville University in 2011, but the grass was asleep and so brown it was crazy.

So it was different and I wasn't a very good golfer back then. I will play the course a little differently this week.

It is a lot softer and the wind is rising at this time of the year. In practice it was sometimes brutal.

On Tuesday I asked my caddy Dave McNeilly what a good score would be and he said everything around the same level in those windy conditions.

I have an early start on Thursday and it will be nice to come there and post a score and see where that places me.

One thing that says I'm doing well here is that I've been followed by the PGA Tour on Twitter! I was happy with that.

Matt Wallace spoke with BBC golf correspondent Ian Carter.

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