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Solheim Cup: European rookie Bronte Law primed to face United States

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from iain carter
bbc golf correspondent
in the wheel of a land rover, the objective was to negotiate off-road scottish terrain… while blindfolded.
that was the intimidating scenario faced by england’s bronte law, that was completely determined by passengers to guide her.
those drivers in august were euro 2020 fotball expert predictions pean team-mates anda month on, they face a challenge of a different kind – .
as law attempts to make her debut in the game, which will bring over 80,000 spectators, she reflected to famed scottish resort gleneagles – if she had been appointed as a wildcard at catriona matthew’s european group.
the captain used the chance to bring along the line-up that will confront the us, with the english compatriot jodi ewart-shadoff of law the absentee as she recovered from back surgery.
and while a number of the period has been utilized to familiarise the gamers with the pga centenary course at gleneagles that stages the chance was employed by the captain for a mid-afternoon workout.
“we moved land rovers driving off-road in the center of nowhere,” law told bbc sport.
“it entailed being blindfolded and the team-mates from the back had to direct us. it is possible to imagine that’s 1 way you get trust.
“i’d caroline masson and carlotta ciganda directing me – two really seasoned solheim cuppers. they did a far better job of directing me than that i did ! i know i can fall back to them for certain.”
law insists the exercises went a long way to cementing the bond which is going to be crucial if europe would be from winning the cup for the third consecutive time, to stop america.
“everyone got along very well. it really gave us an insight to the figures we have on the group,” she said.
“it is crucial that the camaraderie is there and i certainly think that experience helped provide that before we arrive in gleneagles.”
the 24-year-old out of stockport could be a rookie but since the second-highest ranked european, the world number 26 has the potential to be a cog in the european wheel.
she needed a choice because she hasn’t had sufficient time within her career.
but like her language team-mates georgia hall and charley hull, law is a winner on the lpga tour having succeeded in may in virginia.
the priest gave her the nod that she would be chosen well ahead of last month’s official announcement.
moreover, law owns a record in group matchplay, in the competition between amateurs 2016 becoming the great britain and ireland player to win five games in the curtis cup and their counterparts.
“i love playing matchplay and enjoying good golf going into this game is something i am very enthusiastic about,” said law.
“i only hope i can repeat what i’ve done in preceding matchplay events”
when asked if she’s relishing the chance of becoming one of the team’s leaders regardless of her absence of solheim cup experience, legislation quickly answers”yes, definitely”.
“it’s my obligation to show the kind i have during the year. even although i’m a rookie, it does not really mean anything,” she adds.
“i have to go out there and get my own things. being highly rated on the team, that duty is carried by me – and i wish to perform for my team-mates.
“obviously playing with curtis cups and representing england at the international crown is going to allow me to get through the adventure.”
law is one of 3 first-timers from the european line-up, along with the dutchwoman anne van dam and the celine boutier of france.
it looks a pretty even contest, with all juli inkster’s us side-by-side small favourites.
“they’re all really good golfers and in their day any of them are capable of winning, therefore that there will not be any easy matches,” law said.
“they have players high in the world rankings, the likes of lexi (thompson), jessica and nelly (korda) and danielle (kang) but, finally, i tell myself i’ve beaten all those women.
is only one in transition, although the us may be searching for a hat-trick of victories.
you will find five rookies – annie park, meghan kang, marina alex, brittany altomare and nelly korda – and three players competing in their competition kang, jessica korda and angel yin.
dealing with all the solheim atmosphere will probably be critical to the outcome, with a grandstand to get 2,500 people enclosing the tee.
it’ll not be a surprise when the law copes better than most – regardless of it being her first time.
“i will head out there and fight until the end to get my stage,” she explained.
piloting a land rover is one thing however this week, equipped with a complete complement of senses to perform a type of driving, so she seems ready for the task ahead.
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