Matt Wallace has put himself into position to head to the US Open with his highest finish at a full European Tour event after moving to three-under-par following his third round at the Lyoness Open.

Following an opening round of 71, the Moor Park Golf Club professional was in danger of missing the cut after a four-over-par 40 for his front nine holes in Austria yesterday. But the 27-year-old regrouped on the back nine and finished impressively with three successive birdies in his closing four holes to make the weekend with room to spare on level-par for the tournament.

Wallace continued that birdie-making form this morning, picking up birdies on the first, fourth, fifth and sixth to race to four-under. A dropped shot on the seventh wasn’t too damaging in itself, but when combined with a double-bogey six on ten, it threatened to undo his good work.

But the Pinner resident once again responded well to those setbacks with back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to move into a tie for 16th at the time of writing, seven shots behind leader Felipe Aguilar.

Although Wallace won last month’s Open de Portugal to gain his European Tour card, that tournament was co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour. The world number 147’s highest finish at an event with sole European Tour status came the following week with a tie for 38th at the Rocco Forte Open.

Following tomorrow’s last round at Atzenbrugg, Wallace is due to fly to America to begin his final preparations for the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Last year’s six-time Alps Tour winner secured a place at his first major in qualifying at Walton Heath. His campaign for the 117th edition of the championship is due to get underway from the 10th tee at 12.56pm BST on Thursday alongside Japan’s Shugo Imahira and a third player to be confirmed.