MELBOURNE, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Briton David Law produced a sparkling eagle on the 18th hole to snatch a one-stroke victory at the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia, and claim his maiden European Tour title on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Scot’s six-under 66 at 13th Beach Golf Links left him with an 18-under total of 270, one ahead of local duo Wade Ormsby and Brad Kennedy.
Law, who began the day three shots off overnight leader Ormsby, struck a brilliant approach to within 10 feet of the pin on the par-five 18th and coolly rolled in the eagle putt to pressure the leading Ormsby.
Ormsby, playing the hole behind, crumbled with a double-bogey on the par-three 17th to give Law the club-house lead and missed a long eagle putt on the last that would have forced a playoff.
“We stood on the tee and we said we need to make eagle,” Law said at the trophy presentation after claiming a A$1.5 million ($1.06 million) winner’s cheque.
“We had to go for it, so I sort of took a bit off a hybrid and lucky it went to eight-10 feet.”
“At the time I was just trying to get into solo second.
“It’s an amazing event, we’ve loved it all week.”
Kennedy made a strong start, with six birdies before the turn, but had two bogeys on the back nine and had to settle for a share of second.
South African Justin Harding finished fourth, a stroke further back on 16-under.
$1 = 1.4108 Australian dollars Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ian Ransom