In-form Bryden Macpherson wins NSW Open

Bryden Macpherson has claimed his second PGA Tour of Australasia victory in two months, triumphing in the NSW Open by three shots from rookie Jack Thompson and teen amateur star Elvis Smylie.

The 30-year-old Victorian collected $72,000 for his fifth pro win, using all his experience and composure to overcome a frustrating start after going into the final round at Sydney’s Concord GC as overnight leader.

Overhauled during an even-par front nine, Macpherson reclaimed the lead with a long putt for eagle at the par 4 13th hole and followed it with a birdie at the 15th, allowing himself a comfortable walk up the 18th as he shot a three-under 68 to win at 18 under.

The win follows his victory at last month’s Moonah Links PGA Classic and the 2011 British Amateur champion also has three victories in China.

I was just trying to stay patient,” said world No.379 Macpherson. “It is all you can do when you feel you don’t quite have your game.”

Queenslander Smylie, 18, threatened to pull off a huge upset when five under through 15 holes but a double bogey at the par 4 17th effectively ended his hopes as he shot a 68.

In only his third pro start, 24-year-old South Australian Thompson had his chances dented by consecutive bogeys at the 12th and 13th following a strong start as he carded a 70.

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