Moor Park golfer Matt Wallace is flying to his first major championship boosted by his highest finish in a full European Tour event.

The 27-year-old shot a final round of 69 to finish on six-under-par and in a tie for 10th place at the Lyoness Open in Austria. Wallace is now heading for America where he will start his final preparations for the US Open, which gets under way at Erin Hills on Thursday.

Although the Rickmansworth club’s professional won the Open de Portugal last month to secure his European Tour card, that tournament was co-sanctioned with the Challenge Tour. Wallace’s previous highest finish at an event with sole European Tour status was a tie for 38th at the Rocco Forte Open.

Rounds of 71, 73 and 69 had left the Pinner resident on three-under going into yesterday’s final 18 holes at Atzenbrugg and he started well, with birdies on the first and fourth.

It was then a case of par golf until the 14th where Wallace dropped his only shot, but he responded with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16 to ensure he would finish in a five-way share of 10th.

The result moved last year’s six-time Alps Tour tournament winner, who secured his US Open place in qualifying at Walton Heath, up six places to 115 in the Race to Dubai standings.

Wallace’s challenge for the first major of his career is due to start at 6.56am local time (12.56pm BST) on Thursday in the fourth group to tee off at the Wisconsin course alongside American Ryan Palmer and Japan’s Shugo Imahira.