David Law and Calum Hill slip back at Betfred British Masters

Scots pair rue rue disappointing third day at Close House

David Law: Aiming to finish on a positive note. Picture: Getty.
David Law: Aiming to finish on a positive note. Picture: Getty.

David Law was “disappointed
and annoyed” after slipping out of contention in the Betfred British Masters as he struggled in the third round but still reckons it can be a positive return to work at Close House.

The 29-year-old Aberdonian, who led after the opening round and was still handily-placed at the halfway stage, slipped to joint 39th behind Italian Renato Paratore after a five-over-par 76.

On a day when compatriot Calum Hill’s title hopes were also dented by a 72, Law was two over early on before two double-bogeys and a bogey in five holes around the turn.

Calum Hill rues his poor decision-making at Close House. Picture: Getty.

“I don’t know how to describe it, really,” said the 2019 Vic Open winner in Australia. “Obviously just now I’m disappointed and annoyed, but it is what it is. It was a bit slow in terms of trying to get going and I kind of felt like I was fighting it all day.

“We’ll go and get another round in tomorrow and be ready for next week, fingers crossed. It’s another round under my belt and I’ll be going out tomorrow trying to finish as low as I can and end the week positively.”

Law had opened with rounds of 64 and 69, dropping only one shot in the process in his first competitive round since early March, and added: “So far this week there’s been huge positives to take out of it. So I’ll not let that get me too down.”

Hill, who had also started the day only two shots off the lead after opening rounds of 67-66, recovered from an opening-hole bogey to make three birdies in four holes from the fourth. That early burst had moved the 25-year-old Fifer to within one of the top spot only to see his momentum halted by back-to-back bogeys at the ninth and tenth. The latter was a disappointing 6 and a repeat of that at the 17th left him 
feeling sore.

“It was just a bit crap,” admitted Hill, a three-time winner on the Challenge Tour, after slipping to a share of 14th spot on eight-under. “It was bad golf, terrible decision-making.

“It was fractionally like what was happening when I was struggling earlier in the week, but it was just awful.”

Asked if he felt it had been a day he could learn from in his rookie season on the main tour after graduating from the second-tier circuit at the end of last year, the Gleneagles-attached player replied: “Hopefully!”

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