16th December 2014
UPDATE – Nice of Bryden to acknowledge the post !
Like it is for most golfers it has been a year of ups and downs for Bryden Macpherson.
I am pleased to report that today has been a good one for him. Bryden shot a level par 71 in the sixth and final round of the Web.com Tour Final Q-School event. More importantly, his -10 total and T21 finish at PGA National in Florida will ensure him a high ranking card for the 2015 season on the United States’ second tier Tour. Onwards and upwards.
You may recall the 24 year old Australian is a former Amateur Champion, winning the prestigious title in 2011 at Hillside GC. He went on to play in The Open at Royal St. George’s later that year, missing the cut after reasonable rounds of 71 and 73. He was studying at Georgia University at the time but left the following season as golfing doors opened for him around the world.
Brydon Macpherson – 2011 Amateur Champion
His name may also resonate with you because he made the headlines – good and bad – earlier this year at The Open Championship. It is this that I really want to talk about as it probably goes down as one of my golfing highlights of 2014.
In Round 1 at Royal Liverpool Brydon shot 90 (-18). This was the worse score in the field by 8-shots. Afflicted by poor driving and the putting yips around the turn he badly lost his way shooting a score he hadn’t seen for many years, if ever. Many players would have withdrawn. Brydon didn’t – he came back for more shooting a second round 80. He unsurprisingly missed the cut on +26.
He pitched up in front of the media afterwards and answered all of their questions. His attitude in defeat on 18th July was so exceptional that he made a real impression on every one who listened to or read what he had to say.
“It’s major golf. I think if you don’t enjoy it then you shouldn’t be playing it as a living” he stated.
On the question of possibly withdrawing he said: “Definitely not, no. I’ve never pulled out of a tournament, a competitive event, and I plan to keep that for the rest of my career”.
He tried to take the positives from his poor performance that week: “I think it is just character building, that’s all it is”. “I enjoyed every moment of it, as much as you could. You go out there and you try and take in the experience for what it is, instead of what you want it to be”. He put his poor play down to a changed mindset: “We just got away this week from one of the feels that I’ve been using”. “That has obviously taught me a lesson not to do that again”.
For me though the tweet he posted the following day summed the guy up. In the face of huge professional embarrassment he stayed strong, maintained his dignity and conducted himself as we would all hope to but few could probably manage. If there has been a better tweet this year from a professional golfer I haven’t seen it: –
It is great to see Bryden qualify strongly for the Web.com Tour today. They are lucky to have him. I wish him all the best for the 2015 season and hope to see him on the PGA Tour soon and who knows winning The Open in a few years time. Now that would be a great story.
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