Tiger Woods is absolutely everywhere just now. Go on, have a look in the mirror and you’ll probably find that it’s Woods staring back at you instead of your own reflection.

From the President of the USA to the village elders of the remote Sentinelese tribe, it seems just about everybody on the planet has had their say on the Tiger’s Masters magnificence.

“It’s funny, I was always a golf follower when I was younger but I never had anyone who was ‘the man’ so to speak,” reflected David Law, Scotland’s newest addition to the European Tour’s roll of honour. “I just loved watching golf. I always looked up to what Paul Lawrie was doing up here in Aberdeen obviously.

“But I turned more into a Tiger man in the last few years. I don’t think I appreciated how amazing he was when I was younger”

While taking in affairs from Augusta during a much-needed three-week break from the rigours of the European circuit, Law is now getting himself tuned back into his own game ahead of the resumption of hostilities in Morocco next week.

In this game, you move on quickly and can’t afford to rest on your laurels. Mr Woods certainly won’t be doing that.

Law hasn’t been either, but winning for the first time at the top table changes things and coping with the increased scrutiny and the heightened expectations that come with success can take a bit of getting used to.

Since securing his maiden tour title in the Vic Open at the start of February, Law has missed four of his last five cuts and hasn’t broken 70.

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With his tour privileges secured for the next couple of seasons, though, there’s no need for Law to panic. Like those motivational messages from the Ministry of Information during the war years, it’s very much a case of keep calm and carry on for Law.

“It’s not easy and you just have to keep going as if nothing has happened,” said the 27-year-old. “If you are struggling you can start working too hard on things. You just need to know what got you to where you are in the first place and trust that.

“Yes, I’m disappointed by my run but I’m certainly not worried. The event after my win, I had a decent first round then started badly in round two and just had nothing left inside me to recover the situation. I was flat. It was like all the energy had been sapped out of me and I struggled to lift myself.

“You never know how you’re going to react to a win. It’s an emotional and physical roller-coaster. You don’t get much time to sit back and reflect and it all happens in a blur.

“When you’ve won, you’re further towards the TV groups, there’s a bit more focus on you. All of the attention comes quickly and you have to get used to it quickly too.”


The great thing about this Royal & Ancient pursuit is that you’re always learning. The step up to the European Tour means new courses, new competition and new challenges. Law is relishing all of those things in what can often be something of a step into the unknown.

“When you’re there as a rookie, you are trying to prove to yourself that you deserve to be out on tour,” he said. “I feel very comfortable now that I have proved that by winning. But it’s hard going to places you’ve never been to before and courses you don’t know.

“That’s all part of being a newcomer. Perhaps I shouldn’t have played as much after winning? But you’ll never know until you make mistakes or find something that works for you. It’s trial and error.

“I want to win again. I’m realistic, though. It’s not easy going to courses that other guys have been going to for years. But it’s been exciting being a tournament winner and I’d like to experience that again.”