It’s been a tough road for England’s Bronte Law over the past couple of years, but so far at the U.S. Women’s Open presented by ProMedica, the 27-year-old looks like her old self, sitting in solo third at -7 through 54 holes.
Saturday saw Law card a 3-under 68, highlighted by five birdies, and she’s one of just two players in the field that have shot in the 60s for all three rounds, along with leader Minjee Lee. It’s Law’s fourth appearance in the U.S. Women’s Open – she has missed the cut twice and finished in a tie for 30th in 2020 at Houston’s Champions Golf Club – and with just 18 holes to go in at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, she’ll look to continue that upward trend on Sunday at the second major of the year.
“Wouldn't say there was really anything different,” said Law, who hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens on day three. “Played pretty solid the whole day and played smart. I think that is the key out here. You can't really aim at a lot of pins. So as long as you can take your pride away and know that you're going to be aiming away from a lot of flags, then I'm sure that you'll be able to be more successful.”
Law has two professional wins – the 2019 Pure Silk Championship on the LPGA Tour and the 2021 Dubai Moonlight Classic on the LET – and her best finish in a major is a tie for 18th at the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. So far this season, she’s missed one cut and withdrawn once, with her best result a tie for 13th at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. In other words, it’s been pretty lackluster golf for Law, but as she prepares for the final round in which she’ll begin six shots back of Lee at -13, you can bet the spirited Englishwoman will bring plenty of internal fire to the party, hoping to capitalize on any early mistakes the leaders might make.
“It's all about not necessarily aiming at the pins,” Law said. “Even if you’ve got a wedge in your hand, it’s taking your medicine and aiming to the best point of the green for where the hole location is at that point in time. I'm certainly not going to be changing my game plan. Just hoping that a couple more putts drop out there. Today could have been equally three, four shots better. Just building off what happened today. Hit a lot of good shots, putts. I showed that I can do that today, so no reason I can't go out and do that tomorrow.”