David Law was today at the 18th fairway on 13th Beach with a 195-meter shot across the swampy wasteland to negotiate, knowing he needed an eagle to defeat the Australian Wade Ormsby.
That 448-meter, from right to left shifting par-five with amphitheater around the green has quickly arrived as one of the brilliant closing holes in the Australian wave. Add David Law from Aberdeen, Scotland to the collection pantheon of legends.
He thought of four iron, but he knew he needed an eagle. A 21-degree hybrid club came out. It landed softly and stopped just within three meters of the flag. Cue a big roar from the crowd.
"If we needed four to win or five to win, I would probably have hit four iron," he said. "But there were three to win, four (iron) never came, Hybrid got it all the way back, it was the right shot at the right time."
Then he buried the putt for an eagle to reach the undersize. Cue the second big roar over the left. "Under the pressure and under those circumstances that have to be done, it is something that I am so proud of."
It was not over yet. Ormsby had been calm and unmoved all day and had a head start when he reached the 17th tee, the par-three back in the wind. He was breathtaking from his first victory over home country after he had achieved his first European victory in 2017. But his nerves shook in the moment.
At 17 he threw his T-piece long and left, in a tricky spot behind the green. Tried to lure his field of 25 meters to the green and kill it, the ball did not reach the pit surface, and the Australian growled his disapproval. Another bad chip and two putts later, he had a double bogey that will live in his memory for a long time and he has lost the scorekeeper of the Scot.
But an eagle at the age of 18 would at least have solved it, and Ormsby killed a three wood that was shot on the green and dripped into the back edge. From eight meters to expand the game, his well for the eagle dropped low and right and it was Law's title. Ormsby was left with only regret. He had shot 70 that day and watched the winner until those few moments around 17. I should try to get the positive things out, & # 39; he said. "Disappointed, sure, what can I say? Disappointed, would have been nice to win at home.
The 27-year-old won with a shot from Ormsby and Brad Kennedy, the 44-year-old Australian who was the other player to make a point on the last day and by the first nine in 30 lap to join Ormsby at the top, and did not leave until he made an expensive bogey on the 17th. In the end, Kennedy shot 67 and did everything he could. South African Justin Harding (16-under) was shot in fourth place.
After having been away from the Challenge Tour in Europe for five years, Law finally managed the main tour this season. Now he has a victory that gives him almost two years full playing rights. His victory was all the more profitable for giving himself a penalty in the ninth hole when he accidentally moved his ball roughly next to the fairway.
"My ball was in the semi-rough, upright position," he said. "I went in to ground my club and when I put my club in it, the grass touched the ball, and the ball just rolled a centimeter to the other side, which is obviously frustrating, we had to reset and there was nothing we could do, luckily I kept my head and I kept it cool, which was quite difficult to be honest. "
Law's only previous victory was the Challenge Tour. "To be a winner on tour in my first year is unbelievable," he said. "It will take a long, long time before it settles down and I will enjoy every minute."
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