England's Wallace goes from clothes-shop worker to US Open competitor


Matt Wallace was ranked world number 242 when he won the 2017 Portugal Open in May
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England’s Matt Wallace has described his rapid rise from clothes-shop worker to competing at the US Open at Erin Hills as “crazy”.

Wallace, 27, has jumped 1,500 places in the world rankings in the past 20 months and takes part in his first Major on Thursday – five years after turning professional.

“I’ve always wanted to play in a Major and to do it in this style… it’s been a rapid rise,” Wallace told BBC Sport.

“I’m really looking forward to it. US Open… it’s crazy.”

From shop worker to US Open

Before turning professional in 2012, Wallace worked in a clothes shop and did not play golf seriously until he was 18.

“From 18, my head was on the wrong way, I worked for Hollister and was out partying all the time,” he told the Guardian.