The 2019 ISPS Handa Vic Open emerged not one, but two winners, after the tournament was hosted by the European Tour and the LPGA Tour, with golfers playing the same course for the same prize money.
Scotland’s David Law eagled the final hole to overhaul Australia’s Wade Ormsby to win the men’s event, while France’s Celine Boutier ended on eight under par for a two-shot victory in the women’s event.
Law, who graduated from the Challenge Tour last season, was five shots behind the leader at the turn, and was still 3 behind as he stood on the 16th tee at 13th Beach Golf Links, but he made a birdie there and then produced a stunning second shot to eight feet on the par-five 18th hole to set up an eagle.
The 27 year old int a share of the lead with Ormsby at 18 under par, and when the home favourite made a double-bogey on the 17th, he needed an eagle of his own on the last to force a play-off. When he could only make a birdie, Law secured a one-shot victory in just his 18th European Tour appearance.
The win completes a remarkable turnaround on the course for Law, who was on the brink of taking on other work over the winter before winning last season’s SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and ending 14th on the Challenge Tour to secure his European Tour card for the 2019 season.
“It’s massive,” said Law. “It’s not something I expected. For me just being out here playing on the European Tour was enough. I’ve been enjoying the four events I’ve played so far and to just be a European Tour golfers was what I was happy with. To have won changes things a little bit. I’ll go home, reflect a little bit on things and reassess.”
He said: “We said we were going to try to finish 3-2-4 in the hope that we could get a top-three finish. Then birdie 16, par 17, and going down the bottom we said we need eagle. We make eagle, we post at 18 under, you never know what can happen.”
Over in the women’s event, Frenchwoman Celine Boutier finished at 8-under for a two-shot victory over England’s Charlotte Thomas and Australians Su-Hyun Oh and Sarah Kemp. Spain’s Aza Munoz was in the pack on five-under, while another Englishwoman, Jodi Ewart-Shadoff, was a shot further back.