American Kaufman up by 2 into final round of LPGA’s Vic Open

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2019

Under sunny Australian skies and with throngs of fans circling the green, France's Celine Boutier knocked in a two-putt par at No. 18 and earned her first LPGA Tour victory at the 2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open.

Law overturned a three shot deficit in the final few holes, birdieing the 16th before draining an eight-footer on the par-5 last to win on 18 under. It is not something that I expected to happen.

A standout when attending Duke University in the U.S., the 25-year-old recovered from a shaky start to her final round when recording bogeys at two of her first three holes to finish with a round of 72 and win by two.

The Vic Open at Barwon Heads in Victoria was a joint venture between the European and LPGA Tours, with the men and women playing two separate tournaments at the same time, for the same prize money, albeit with the women using different tees. "In 2014 I got beat in a playoff here, so sort of hopefully try to get into a position like that again and see how we go".

England's Callum Shinkwin and South Africa's Justin Harding were undeterred, shooting impressive 66s, but the round of the day went to Australia's Matt Stieger, who overcame the elements with a 65.

In an interview towards the end of past year, Law spoke about how he'd been planning to take on a winter job before securing his crack at the European Tour after five seasons on the Challenge Tour.

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"We stood on the tee and we said we need to make eagle", Law said at the trophy presentation after claiming a A$1.5 million ($1.06 million) winner's cheque.

"Walking to the tenth I hit the reset button and tried to keep calm", said Law, who called a penalty on himself for a moving ball on the ninth which resulted in a bogey.

"Then standing on the 18th fairway, we knew that if you make an eagle, you put a bit of pressure on". But he bounced straight back with birdies at the 10th and 11th holes before that extraordinary finish. "I am gutted. I am disappointed, for sure, but what can I say?"

"I did not feel overawed by the situation and he said that was a great thing and that I just needed to carry on what I was doing".

Speaking to The Scotsman from Perth, where he travelled earlier today ahead of this week's Super 6 event, Law revealed that he had indeed enjoyed a proper celebration with some of his fellow players. I only get a chance to play four or five events at home so it was nice to be at home and do well. But his back nine of 31 included birdies at the 10th, 11th and 16th and the eagle at 18, totalling just 31 shots for a 66.

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