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Bronte is Ready to Lay Down the Law at Solheim Cup

By: | Mon 09 Sep 2019 | Comments

When Bronte Law was drawn to play with Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew at the Women’s British Open, she already knew that Matthew was going to give her a wild card to play for Europe in the Solheim Cup and that she would be making her debut alongside a formidable group of fellow English golfers, including the formidable Charley Hull and former British Open champion Georgia Hall.

When Matthew was calling her other three wild cards, and the players who missed out after the Ladies Scottish Open, Law had known for almost two weeks that she would be making her debut at Gleneagles.

“Catriona came up to me on the putting green on the Tuesday of the British Open and told me after it had been announced that we were playing together in the tournament that I didn’t need to worry about her watching over me, I was already on the team,” Law said. “That kind of relaxed me a little bit and I went out and played some really good golf in front of her, which was really cool. It was a major week so I still had to go out and do my job, prepare as I always would, so it was no different really other than I could relax in terms of not worrying about Solheim.

“It was really cool to have that conversation with her and realise I was going to be on Team Europe.”

Law only required a wild card because she joined the Ladies European Tour at the start of the year, after the qualification process was well under way, and was unable to play in the required number of events to ensure she made the team as a matter of right.

But what a season she had.

She raced through the field with a final round of 65 in the Mediheal Championship before losing out in a playoff and winning her maiden LPGA title in the PureSilk Championship on her next start. “That was huge,” Law said. “That was a goal of mine at the start of the year, to get a win on the LPGA. It was a goal to get on the Solheim Cup. To check those two off was huge. It’s a dream of all of us to win on the LPGA and when that became a reality it was mindblowing almost. I was ecstatic to pull through after losing in San Francisco.

“I was playing really good golf and just told myself to keep going and to turn it around that quick and get my win so soon after was really cool and I was really proud of myself. I felt really calm all week and relaxed which I didn’t imagine that’s how it was going to be when I got my first win. I guess that just shows you never know what situation you could be in at the start of the week but you’ve just got to go out there and give it your all every time.”

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Law played in the amateur equivalent, the Curtis Cup, three times and became the first player from Great Britain and Ireland to compile a perfect 5-0 record in their victory in 2016.

And the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate also witnessed at first-hand Europe’s 2013 Solheim Cup triumph in Colorado - their only success on US soil to date - after playing in the junior event. “I’ve been in that situation where I’ve felt that adrenaline and can hopefully use that experience that I do have of the Curtis Cup to help navigate my way through the week,” Law added. “I played junior Solheim Cup so watched when they won in Colorado which was really cool and probably the reason why I made it such a big goal of mine to make sure I was on the team. That experience was so eye-opening and incredible to witness and I just wanted to be on the other side and be a part of it. We played the week before the Solheim Cup and then watched the whole week. They included us in certain things, we got to meet all the players and it was really special.”

Law will be joined in the team by fellow English golfer Georgia Hall, who won the Women’s British Open last year but has struggled to find her best form in 2019. Nevertheless, Hall is optimistic. “I think we’ve got a great team, I don’t think there is one weak player in the team,” Hall said. “There’s a lot of different personalities, we all bring something different which I think is great and I think we’ll have some really good pairings.

“I had an awesome experience on my debut two years ago. It was great to be part of that team and I learnt a lot as well. I managed to play well that week and hopefully I can do the same again this time, just with a different result.”

Hall was one of Europe’s best players in the defeat in Des Moines in 2017, winning two of her five matches - both in foursomes alongside Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist - and losing narrowly to the experienced Paula Creamer in the singles.

Hall’s only top-10 finish on the LPGA Tour this season came in her first event in January but she believes the results do not fully reflect her form. “After you win a major you have a lot of expectations on yourself and maybe I put a little bit of pressure on myself at the start of the year,” she said. “I didn’t have the start to the year I wanted but the last few weeks have seen two majors in a row and I started the defence of my British Open very well and played well at the Evian. I feel like I’m really playing well in this part of the year and I’m really looking forward to the Solheim.”

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