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Solheim Cup captain praises battling Bronte

By Richard Williamson

BRAMHALL Golf Club’s Bronte Law believes her breakthrough win on the US LPGA Tour can be just the start.

The 24-year-old Stockport-born golfer secured a two-shot victory at the Pure Silk Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Law, who came from 10 shots back on the last day to get into a play-off in the LPGA Mediheal Championship three weeks previously, secured her maiden tour title in her 56th start.

“It feels surreal to be honest after coming so close,” she said after the wire-to-wire win.

After narrowly missing out in her previous tournament, Law added: “To be in contention and (for it) to be that very next time out playing was really cool and shows me that I can compete at the top on a weekly basis, which is the whole goal out there.”

The former England amateur, who attended the University of California, had little time for celebration, travelling through the night with coach Natalie Schmett to make this week’s US Women’s Open in Charleston. Sadly she could not conjure up the same fireworks and was languishing in 93rd place going into the weekend.

But she believes she is making strides in the right direction, notably on the greens.

Law gives due credit to Schmett for the turnaround, saying she was too open at address with the putter. But the changes have not come easily!

“At times I was like I don’t know if I can make a change this dramatic in the middle of the season,” she said. “There were times I wanted to kill her.”

Law now has her sights on a place in the European team for the Solheim Cup, but will have to rely on a captain’s pick.

“I have to keep impressing until the very end,” she said.

Hopefully captain Catriona Matthew has already been impressed by what she has seen

“She’s a real kind of fighter,” she said. “I think she’s got a grittiness about her, a never-give-up attitude.

“If you look at her amateur record, she had a great run in the Curtis Cup in matchplay.”

Law became the first Great Britain and Ireland player to win all five matches in the Curtis Cup during the 2016 match, the last of her three appearances in the biennial amateur contest against the United States.