Wednesday 21 February 2018

Law makes case after Cup chop

Karl MacGinty

The omission of local hero David Law from the 10-man Walker Cup team to face the USA at Royal Aberdeen next Saturday and Sunday initially caused consternation in his native Scotland.

Yet bewilderment turned to outright indignation over the weekend when Law (20) became the first amateur in some 31 years to win the Northern Open, a prestigious event on Scotland's professional Tartan Tour.

Back in 2005, a decision by the selectors to leave Rory McIlroy out of the Walker Cup team backfired badly when he shattered the course record at Royal Portrush with a blistering round of 61.

Yet the failure to pick Law, who won the Scottish Amateur for the second time in three years this summer, was utterly baffling ... especially as he's a member of Royal Aberdeen.

Two Irishmen, Paul Cutler of Portstewart and Rathmore's Alan Dunbar, are in the Great Britain and Ireland team, which assembled in Aberdeen on Saturday.

Scottish pundits have pointed out that Dunbar, at No 223 in the world, lies 133 places behind Law and was beaten by the Scot in singles at the recent Home Internationals in Sligo.

However, Walker Cup non-playing captain Nigel Edwards said: "David has been unfortunate and his situation has been accentuated by the fact that he's from Aberdeen.

"If he'd had a better summer from the Lytham Trophy through to the Scottish Amateur it might have been different. Sometimes you have to go on a hunch."

Mercifully, Law has accepted an invitation from the European Tour to play in the KLM Open in Holland this weekend and won't be in Aberdeen for the Walker Cup.

As for his omission, the term 'sod's Law' springs to mind.

Irish Independent

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