BRAMHALL Golf Club’s Bronte Law came close to her breakthrough victory in America – but insists she will learn from the experience.
The Stockport-born player narrowly failed to convert her spectacular charge to claim a comeback victory in the Mediheal Championship.
But the 24-year-old believes the lessons she will draw from the dramatic final round will stand her in good stead as she seeks her first win on the LPGA Tour in the United States.
Law, who went to the University of California in Los Angeles, started the day 10 shots back – which would have matched the LPGA record for a player coming from behind to claim a tournament title.
However she missed out in a play-off when Sei Young Kim defeated her and Jeongeun Lee6 with a birdie at the first hole.
“My golf is in a good place right now,” Law said. “If someone had told me I was going to be in a play-off at the start of the day, I would have told them that they were crazy. So, the reality is I did something that I wouldn’t have even believed at the start of the day. So, there’s a lot to take from that.”
Law, who is now in her third year on Tour, hopes being in contention for a championship success is a sign of things to come.
“I will build on this experience,” she said. “It’s always fun being in contention. So, I just hope that there’s a lot more of this to come.”
There was little to suggest the fireworks ahead as Law reeled off six straight pars to open her round, before she rattled in five birdies and an eagle to shoot a seven-under-par 65 on a very difficult Lake Merced course.
She actually finished two hours ahead of Kim, waiting in the clubhouse while watching the tournament on TV before giving herself time to warm up again.
“It was tough,” Law said of the wait. “It was really like nothing I have ever experienced before. I just tried to stay calm and conserve energy, because it’s been a long week already.”
Law’s performance boosts her hopes of making the European Solheim Cup team.
She has moved into one of the top five automatic qualifying places for the match at Gleneagles in September and her challenge now will be to stay there until after the August cut-off point.
“That’s huge,” she said of her elevation in the rankings. “I went to the Ladies European Tour qualifying school for a reason. That made me eligible and I really want to make that team.”
As an amateur, the former Cheadle Hulme School pupil had a formidable record in matchplay. Three years ago she became the first GB and Ireland player to return a perfect 5-0 record in the Curtis Cup, while she helped England push South Korea close in the UL International Crown last year.