Law Eagles The Last To Soar To Vic Open Victory – First Scot To Win In Australia In 18-Years

What a brilliant way to win your maiden European Tour victory by eagling the 72nd hole.

That’s what rookie Scot David Law did in holing a 10-foot putt for an eagle ‘3’ to capture the co-sanctioned ISPS Handa Vic Open at the 13th Beach course to the south-east of Melbourne.

And after having to also call a penalty on himself when his ball moved on the ninth hole and take bogey, Law captured his first Tour victory in just his fifth event as a full member of the Tour while the young Aberdonian, and sponsored by former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie, is the first Scot to win a pro event in Australia in 18-years since Colin Montgomerie won the 2001 Ericsson (Australian Masters) and also in the State of Victoria.

Law, 27 headed into the final round trailing three shots behind ‘home’ hero Wade Ormsby and with still three holes to play the Scot was trailing three shots from the lead.

But that was before he birdied the 16th and then played the shot of his shot of his ‘new’ full European Tour member career in sending a rescue club second shot at the 72nd hole to just some 10-feet right of the flag and then proceeded to calmly roll-in the eagle putt.

It sent Law into a share of the lead with Ormsby at 18 under but when Ormsby double-bogeyed the 17th, it meant ‘Orms’ needed an eagle of his own up the last for force a play-off but with the 38-year old managing a birdie and hand Law a one-shot maiden Tour triumph.


“Well, we needed to make eagle and I was kind of in between clubs so I thought a hybrid was probably too much and 4-iron wasn’t enough, so we needed to hit hybrid and take a bit off it and try to get it close,” he said.

“We had 214-yards to the pin and quite a lot of wind, and 4 wasn’t getting back there, hybrid was probably a bit too much, but we needed to make 3 so we hit the hybrid, took a bit off it and luckily it paid off.

“We were clearly in the range in the shot that we needed, and at the end of the day we needed a 3 to try and either force a playoff or second place on my own. We took a shot on it.

“As for the putt, I couldn’t have asked for an easier put to be honest. It was straight downhill and there wasn’t really any break to it, so I just had to get it going.

“After having to call a penalty on myself on the ninth hole when my ball moved when I went into the putt I walked to the 10th tee saying to my caddie Max just said reset, try and keep calm, and luckily we did. We birdied 10 and 11 straight after the penalty.

“I then thought after my round I’ll have a few putts, maybe go to the range and hit a few balls. We’ll see where we are.

“But it was unbelievable to win and I am so pleased”.

After qualifying onto the main Tour from the secondary Challenge Tour, Law arrived ‘Down Under’ having teed-up in five events and hardly setting the Tour on fire making the cut in his opening two events that included a T71st in the Hong Kong Open and then a T26th in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Following the Christmas/New Year break the Scot headed to Abu Dhabi to miss the cut and then after a week off, Law teed-up in Saudi Arabia also to have the weekend off, and in those 16 rounds Law had played on three different continents he had never managed an eagle.

Now after a first European Tour success Law can virtually ‘pick-and-choose’ where he now cares to play for the remainder of the 2019 season.

“It’s massive. It’s not something I expected. For me just being out here playing on the European Tour was enough,” he said.

“I’ve been loving the four events I’ve played so far and to just be a European Tour player was what I was happy with. You know, to have won today, it sort of changes things a little bit. Yeah, I’ll go home, reflect a little bit on things and reassess.”

Law is headed across the Australian continent to Perth for next week’s second co-sanctioned event, the Perth Sixes but laughed he’s in no rush.

“I’ll probably celebrate having 12, 15 pints tonight,” he said laughing.

“No, I’m not flying to Perth until 1.30pm tomorrow, so we’ll certainly have a few.”‘

Law is just the fifth non-Australian to capture the Victoria Open and now joins six Major Champions, four of them Open winners (Peter Thomson, Gary Player, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch) in winning the event first staged in 1957.

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