When Bronte Law was drawn to play with Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew at the AIG Women’s British Open, she likened it to being sat in front of the teacher at school so they can keep an eye on a troublesome pupil.
What the 24-year-old neglected to mention was that she was in no danger of being given extra homework or facing a spell in detention, rather that her status as a star pupil meant a wild card was secured with two events to spare.
While Matthew made the traditional phone calls to her other three wild cards, and the players who missed out, after the conclusion of the Ladies Scottish Open, Law had known for almost two weeks that she would be making her Solheim Cup debut at Gleneagles.
“She (Matthew) came up to me on the putting green on the Tuesday of the British Open and told me after it had been announced that we were playing together in the tournament that I didn’t need to worry about her watching over me, I was already on the team,” Law told PA.
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“That kind of relaxed me a little bit and I went out and played some really good golf in front of her, which was really cool.
“It was a major week so I still had to go out and do my job, prepare as I always would, so it was no different really other than I could relax in terms of not worrying about Solheim.
“It was really cool to have that conversation with her and realise I was going to be on Team Europe.”
Law would not have needed a wild card at all if she had been eligible to qualify for the team automatically, but having only joined the Ladies European Tour at the start of the year she did not compete in the required number of events.
However, Law made her case for selection in emphatic fashion, surging through the field with a final round of 65 in the Mediheal Championship before losing out in a play-off and winning her maiden LPGA title in the PureSilk Championship on her next start.
“That was huge,” the Stockport-born professional said. “That was a goal of mine at the start of the year, to get a win on the LPGA. It was a goal to get on the Solheim Cup. To check those two off was huge.
“It’s a dream of all of us to win on the LPGA and when that became a reality it was mindblowing almost. I was ecstatic to pull through after losing in San Francisco.
“I was playing really good golf and just told myself to keep going and to turn it around that quick and get my win so soon after was really cool and I was really proud of myself.
“I felt really calm all week and relaxed which I didn’t imagine that’s how it was going to be when I got my first win. I guess that just shows you never know what situation you could be in at the start of the week but you’ve just got to go out there and give it your all every time.”
Law may be one of three rookies in Europe’s team but she played in the amateur equivalent, the Curtis Cup, three times and became the first player from Great Britain and Ireland to compile a perfect 5-0 record in their victory in 2016.
And the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) graduate also witnessed at first-hand Europe’s 2013 Solheim Cup triumph in Colorado – their only success on US soil to date – after playing in the junior event.
“I’ve been in that situation where I’ve felt that adrenaline and can hopefully use that experience that I do have of the Curtis Cup to help navigate my way through the week,” Law added.
“I played junior Solheim Cup so watched when they won in Colorado which was really cool and probably the reason why I made it such a big goal of mine to make sure I was on the team.
“That experience was so eye-opening and incredible to witness and I just wanted to be on the other side and be a part of it. We played the week before the Solheim Cup and then watched the whole week. They included us in certain things, we got to meet all the players and it was really special.”