Bronte Law wins Pure Silk Championship, Brooke Henderson ties for 2nd
England's Law wins first career LPGA victory
Bronte Law shot a 3-under 67 and held off a series of challengers, including Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., to win the Pure Silk Championship by two shots for her first career victory on the LPGA Tour.
The 24-year-old Englishwoman, a former star at UCLA, held a share of the lead after all four rounds and finished with a 17-under 267 total on the River Course at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.
On Sunday, Law was scuffling, missing fairways off the tee and scrambling for pars while a host of challengers tried to play catch-up.
A 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole finally separated her from the field.
"It was definitely a relief," she said.
"I'd hit a really good putt on the previous hole before and it kind of hit a spike mark," she said about her sixth consecutive par. "I thought it was middle center and didn't make that one."
Madelene Sagstrom, Henderson and third-round co-leader Nasa Hataoka tied for second. Sagstrom shot 66, Henderson 68 and Hataoka 69.
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"To shoot 3 under on a Sunday and be that close to the leaderboard and know that you left some out there is a good thing," Henderson said. "So definitely just looking forward to the rest of the summer.
"I think this was a good way to lead into the U.S. Open next week."
Law, who came from 10 shots back on the last day to get into a playoff in the LPGA Mediheal Championship three weeks ago in Daly City, California, had managed six straight pars on the back nine before a 15-foot birdie putt at the par-4 16th doubled her lead. Two-putt pars on the last two holes capped the victory in her 56th career start.
"It feels surreal to be honest after coming so close," said Law.
It is also, she said, a nice way to finish the week leading up to the U.S. Women's Open next week in Charleston, South Carolina.
After the close call, "to be in contention and (for it) to be that very next time out playing was really cool and shows me that I can compete at the top on a weekly basis, which is the whole goal out there," she said. "This was the perfect way to prepare, I guess."