(Reuters) – Four years after being inspired by fellow countryman Justin Rose to win gold at the Rio Olympics, Bronte Law had nearly secured a spot on the British golf team before the postponement of the Tokyo Games 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FILE PHOTO: Golf – British Women's Open – Woburn Golf Club, Milton Keynes, Great Britain – August 4, 2019 England Bronte Law in action during the final phase Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra / File Photo
With the Olympic qualification period likely to be extended for a year, Law remains confident of maintaining his solid form to secure his ticket to Tokyo.
She flew back from her US base to her family home in Cheshire just before Britain was taken into custody earlier this week to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
With the LPGA Tour being closed for an indefinite period, Law, who won the English amateur in 2015 by 16 moves, will have ample time to think about the Olympic Games.
“It's something I've been thinking about for a few years now,” she told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“(During the Rio 2016 Games), I was still in college. Seeing (winning Rose) made it very real since golf is now an Olympic sport.
“You can win Grand Slam tournaments and major golf tournaments, and these are all incredible achievements, but when you become a gold medalist, you are part of a very select group of incredible athletes who diversify into all the sports.”
Law is 18th on the Olympic qualification list, the Briton second, just behind Charley Hull and well ahead of Georgia Hall, 39th.
Two Britons will qualify.
“(The delay) is obviously very disappointing,” said Law.
“I really live in Tokyo and I played well, and I hope to continue to do so, so I'm not that concerned with making sure I'm part of the team.”
Each time the LPGA Tour resumes, the 25-year-old law will be ready rather than rusty.
“We have a nice place with lots of space and lots of land and I figured I would at least be able to practice and have a home gym here,” she said.
“We have a lot attached to the garden where I can hit a series of iron shots, not too many conductors, but I plan to install a net. I don't have it too bad here. ”
Although Law rarely ventures because of the foreclosure, her parents have been busy providing packaging to food manufacturers.
“My parents work non-stop and it's just me and my sister at home,” said Law. “We are trying to do our best not to leave the house at all.”
That will soon change, however, as Law has signed on to deliver groceries to those who need them most, including health workers who work long hours due to the pandemic.
“This is an unknown period for many of us, but a period that we can restore in a way that we are not always capable of, with such busy schedules,” she said.
Report by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, edited by Pritha Sarkar
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