In only his fifth European Tour start since graduating from the Challenge Tour, David Law has claimed a dramatic victory at the ISPS Handa Vic Open to become the first Class of 2018 graduate to win at the highest level.
His long, second shot into the 72nd hole, a par five, settled to within ten feet of the hole and the Scotsman took full advantage, emphatically converting the eagle putt to claim the trophy by one shot.
“That shot to the 18th was the most important of my life,” he said. “It has changed my life really.”
It has been an incredible run for Law, who, only a year ago, did not have a single top ten to his name in over two years on Europe’s top developmental circuit.
That all changed last June when, in exactly his 100th Challenge Tour appearance, he won on home soil at the SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge hosted by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.
The Aberdeen native was 1,295th on the Official World Golf Ranking heading into that fateful week, but the win moved him up to 544th and he rode the injection of confidence for the rest of the season — climbing to World Number 341 and earning a European Tour card as Challenge Tour Number 14.
The win is the third triumph this season for Challenge Tour alumni following 2003 graduate Louis Oosthuizen’s victory at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg and 2017 graduate Aaron Rai’s win at the season-opening Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi.
In its 30-year history, former Challenge Tour players have combined for an astounding 455 European Tour victories — firmly establishing its credentials as the breeding ground for the game’s future stars.Regarded as one of the strongest in history, the hyper-talented Class of 2018 will continue its march up the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex this week as seven graduates tee off in the innovative ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.