Scotsman Law wins men's Vic Open golf

Scottish golfer David Law has won the men's Vic Open by one stroke at 13th Beach with an eagle on the last hole.

10-Feb-2019 By John Salvado, Australian Associated Press
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Scotland's David Law hit the greatest shot of his golfing career to claim a dramatic one-shot Vic Open triumph on Sunday over Australian duo Wade Ormsby and Brad Kennedy.

Playing in the second last men's group at 13th Beach, Law knew he needed to eagle the par-5 final hole to get into contention.

He stepped up superbly, smashing an approach shot with his hybrid to within eight feet and calmly draining the eagle putt.

"We just knew on 18 that we were in the hunt," said the 27-year-old Law, playing on the main European Tour for the first time in 2019 after five seasons slogging away on the secondary Challenge Tour.

"Until then, it was just about trying to get into position for a top-three or a top-two finish.

"Then standing on the 18th fairway, we knew that if you make an eagle, you put a bit of pressure on.

"I hit a great shot in and it was a nice putt, eight feet down the hill and pretty straight."

Overnight leader Ormsby still looked the likely winner until he made a mess of the par-3 17th hole, missing the green to the left and taking two chips before walking away with a double-bogey.

Law finished on 18-under-par 270 after carding a final round of six-under 66, despite calling a one-shot penalty on himself when his ball moved as he was about to address it at the 9th hole.

"To be a winner in my first year on tour is just unbelievable," he said.

"It will take a long, long time for this to sink in but I'm going to enjoy every minute.

"I've probably only felt comfortable in my own game in the last season or so.

"Out there today, I felt in control of my emotions and my game."

Ormsby was left to rue his costly meltdown on the 17th after he signed for a 70.

"I've got to try and take the positives from it," said the 38-year-old South Australian.

"I'm disappointed for sure, but what can I say?

"It would have been nice to win on home soil."

Had Ormsby been able to match Law's eagle on the final hole, he would have forced a playoff, but he could only manage a birdie.

Fellow Australian Kennedy (67) tied for second alongside Ormsby on 17-under 271 in the $1.5 million tournament, with South African Justin Harding a shot further back in outright fourth.


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