Bronte law may only be 27 years old, but following a sensational 2022, the Englishwoman is going through a second coming of sorts.
Following her successful graduation to the LPGA Tour in 2017, her initial breakthrough came early in 2019. She narrowly lost out to Kim Sei-young in a playoff for the LPGA Mediheal Championship in California in May, but she did not let that near miss get her down as she claimed her first professional title at the Pure Silk Championship at Kinsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, three weeks later and then starred in Europe’s Solheim Cup victory over the United States at Gleneagles.
However, that second individual title refused to arrive anytime soon after the first, and following a series of cuts and mid-table results throughout the remainder of 2019 and all of 2020, she was not sure where the next victory would come from.
Law’s patience and persistence paid off as she finally made it back to the winner’s circle in October 2021 in the Dubai Moonlight Classic at Emirates Golf Club, posting a 15-under total to deny Italy’s Maria Fassi by one and pick up her maiden Ladies European Tour title on the floodlit Faldo Course in the UAE.
This time around the performances have stuck, and a T6 in the 2022 US Women’s Open at Pine Needles in California in June was swiftly followed by title No. 3 at the Aramco Team Series — London, defeating her compatriot Georgia Hall by a stroke at Centurion Club in a now-famous finish.
Needing a birdie at the closing par-five to match Hall and force a play-off, Law went one better and produced a moment of pure magic, sinking a monster 55ft putt for an eagle three that drew a huge roar from the galleries and secured the crown.
She signed off a stellar 2022 with a T5 at the Aramco Team Series at Royal Greens in Saudi Arabia, three strokes behind eventual champion Chiara Noja, and Law is now looking to kick on with a fast start to the new season.
“I have been playing really nice lately, with another top five in Jeddah,” Law told Golf Digest Middle East. “I could have done with a few more putts dropping now and again, and maybe I would have a few more trophies. But I have been playing really solid.
“I played the Aramco Team Series in Jeddah. It was great to be back — my third time at Royal Greens — and I am trying to get as much info on the course ahead of next February.”
Law is referring to the Saudi Ladies International, to be held at Royal Greens in February, where the female players will compete for a whopping $5 million — the first time in golf history that the prize for elite men’s and women’s events will be the same.
“Obviously, the talk is all about the Saudi International getting a prize money rise from $1 million to $5 million and I can’t wait to compete back here for that Ladies European Tour competition,” Law said.
“It is going to be like a major now as Golf Saudi and Aramco are putting up some incredible money, and we are very grateful for that.
“It just shows you what they are trying to do and create an equal opportunity for women. There is still work to do but we are all heading in the right direction. I gave a couple of clinics in Jeddah and you could really see the uptake in interest from children and women.”
Other events across the LPGA and LET are expected to announce increased purses for 2023, and Law is glad the hard work is paying off, literally.
“Looking ahead to 2023, I can’t wait to start and that Saudi purse will definitely make things interesting,” she said. “The girls will work harder when you elevate the game. These girls, not just me, will all be putting in the hours during the off-season in order to prepare for one of the first events of the year and I am pretty sure you will be seeing a lot of good golf that week because of that.
“I certainly will be looking to come out of the blocks in 2023 pretty quick, especially as it is a Solheim Cup year and I am keen to get points to make Suzann’s [Pettersen] team.
“There will be the normal preparations ahead of the new season and I am hoping to kick-start that early this time around.”
After such a long time between titles from 2019 and 2021, Law knows better than most the pressures of golf and how lonely it can be.
“It was one of the hardest things ever [to get back], and at times I didn’t know whether I could do it,” she admitted after her Dubai win. “It’s hard when things aren’t going your way and you feel like the world is against you, but I’ve got a lot of people that have stuck by me, and I owe them a lot.
“It’s the hardest thing in the world and I don’t think people understand how hard it is to be an athlete and the scrutiny that you’re under. You question yourself at times and it’s so hard to pull yourself back through that, but I’ve trusted the process and obviously it’s working.”
While Law is modest and coy most of the time, any mention of that putt at Centurion always brings a little smile to her face.
“The shot to win the Aramco Team Series in London … I get asked about it all the time, but I am happy to talk about it as it is a great memory,” she said, trying to hide that familiar smirk.
Hopefully 2023 will give Bronte many more fond memories.