Date: October 12, 2015
Author: Robert Grant

Macpherson wins again

Victorian Bryden Macpherson has won his second tournament on the PGA Tour China Series in a month.

Macpherson rocketed to No.2 on the Order of Merit when he collected the Lushan Open on Sunday at Lushan Internarional Golf Club.

Trailing by a shot at the start of the final round, he defeated T.K. Kim and third-round leader Sejun Yoon by two shots. 

While he has had a disappointing season on the Tour in the US, finishing 126th on the money list, since teeing up in China Macpherson's game has lit up with two victories and a tie for third in four starts.

“Today was the first time since the start of the tournament that I felt good with my game," the Australian said.

"I didn’t feel like I had all of my game early in the tournament, and I managed to still score pretty well, which is important. Today I felt it,” 

Overnight leader Yoon surged to a three shot lead when he opened his final round with back-to-back birdies but a bogey at the third and a double bogey at the fourth dropped him into a tie with Macpherson, who parred his opening four holes. 

Macpherson then made his first birdie of the afternoon, at the fifth and took over the pace.

“I was just trying to stay patient, I hit [my approach] really close – tap-in length,” Macpherson said.

“Ten was a bit of a turning point for me. I struggled with that hole all week visually,” he said.

After an “aggressive layup to get close to the green,” Macpherson capitalised this time.

“I hit a really good pitch shot into about three feet and made it. That hole has troubled me all week, so to make birdie there was really good.

“I wanted to keep attacking,” he continued. “If you play to make pars, you can make bogeys. But if you play to make birdies, you probably can make birdies.”

Macpherson said he had played well early in the events but weakened over the closing two days.

“I played really well on Thursday and Friday on the Tour, and sometimes Saturday morning. But by the ninth hole on Saturday, I would start to drop off.

"I didn’t feel comfortable. I played here (PGA TOUR China) last year, and I felt comfortable because I knew how I could play for 72 holes. On the, I would sometimes get in my own way and stop myself because I didn’t feel that comfortable. Now, I feel very comfortable about going back and playing the Tour next year."

By: Robert Grant