May 28, 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Q. Bronte, is Austin Ernst your best friend right now?
BRONTE LAW: Yeah, she was anyway, but, yeah, very happy to see Austin get that job done, and obviously now I don't have to play a playoff. Yeah, this is a long week, so conserving any energy you can is always big and it was nice to close out the match early today. Feeling pretty fresh.
Q. How huge is that, to not have to go extras and mentally, physically drain yourself further with a potential for 72 holes over the weekend?
BRONTE LAW: Yeah, it's huge. I mean, it's exactly what the plan was, to go out there, and talked about enjoying playing all of the holes the last two days. I was like, Okay it's time to get it done earlier today.
So was that really nice. The course is firming out a lot, so required really good golf today to get it done.
Q. 6&5 over Annie Park. You fell down one right off the bat, but then got it to all square on No. 3 and then all the way up to 2-up winning 3, 4, and 5. She got one back on 6, and then it was cruise control from there for you. If you could, just start with numbers 3, 4, 5. To go from 1-down to 2-up, what was that like?
BRONTE LAW: I just hit a really good shot into 3. It's downwind and it's obviously an elevated green, not much room for error, and just hit a really good shot exactly where I was trying to and set myself up for a really good chance there.
Par was good enough, which on that hole is usually the case. And then, yeah, from there it just felt really solid with how I was hitting it, so I created a couple birdie chances. It's always nice to go back-to-back birdies, which I did.
And, yeah, just never really looked back after that. Felt like my game was in a really good spot. Hitting the fairways here is huge and leaving yourself in good spots on the greens, so very happy with how I executed my game plan today, and hoping to continue to do that for the rest of the week.
Q. Was there a sort of blood in the water mentality when you got to 3, 4-up right around the turn?
BRONTE LAW: Yeah. I looked at my caddie and I was like, Okay, now it's go-time. Let's really push on her, and obviously did that, so it's always nice. You still have to execute the shots, but obviously feeling that little bit of momentum shift is what you have to grab when you're in match play.
I can sense it when it's there. I think that's one of the things that I like the most, it's the quality that you kind of need to have in that situation.
Q. The competitor in you I'm sure wants birdies this weekend. Maybe the realist in you telling you pars are going to be just as great as anything.
BRONTE LAW: I think it's all about if you're putting well and you're on the greens, you know, every hole there is a birdie opportunity there. If you can figure that part out then that's huge.
Yeah, there are times when par a good enough, and you have to respect the course. That's key. It's like playing a U.S. Open. You have to respect it, and sometimes you can't go at these pins. The last hole I finished on we were aiming 30-foot left of the pin and ended up four feet from the hole. That gives you an idea of how much the ball is moving on the greens.
But just sticking to the game plan and being aggressive with our targets in the sense -- being clear with the target we have in mind. Might not be straight at the pin, but using those contours on the greens is really what's going to help you out there.
Q. You win Group 12, which means -- if I do this right -- you play the winner of Group 5?
BRONTE LAW: Yeah.
Q. Which right now, Danielle is 3-up through 13.
BRONTE LAW: Yeah.
Q. What do you know about Danielle? I'm sure you guys have had some matches.
BRONTE LAW: Well, she is American, so I'm running with that trend at the moment. Obviously Danielle is one of the best players in the world, so, yeah, there is no more other than to say that.
I'm still going to go out and play the game that I've been playing. I think when I'm on I'm good enough to beat anyone. And if you can't back yourself, then that's all I can say.
Q. Do you have any good Solheim memories or not-so-good Solheim memories that you can look back on to provide motivation?
BRONTE LAW: I got plenty of good Solheim memories.
Q. Against her maybe?
BRONTE LAW: I didn't play Danielle, but, yeah, obviously played in that Solheim where we won, so, yeah, I enjoy it.
Q. Tomorrow could be a good one to say, Hey, coach, you know who I want come September.
BRONTE LAW: Yeah.
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