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Bryden Macpherson triumphs in China

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BEIJING—Australian Bryden Macpherson came close to winning the Cadillac Championship in 2014, but it didn’t happen. He wouldn’t be disappointed again. Macpherson, who began the day trailing by two shots, broke free from a crowded leaderboard midway through his back nine and coasted to a three-shot win over South Korea’s Byungmin Cho on a beautiful sunny day as Chinese people celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday.

Macpherson put the field on notice Friday when he shot a 9-under 63—the low 18 of the season—at Topwin Golf and Country Club. He followed that with rounds of 69-68 to earn his first professional title after a celebrated amateur career in Australia and at the University of Georgia.

“I better not play one more because there is nowhere to go from here,” Macpherson joked about his runner-up finish and his win in his last two Cadillac Championship starts.

Macpherson had an admittedly disappointing Web.com Tour season in 2015. He completed his year in August, finishing 126th on the money list. He immediately returned to China, where he had full Series’ membership and tied for 13th at the Ping An Bank Open two weeks ago.

“I feel really good. I played really nicely for 72 holes,” said Macpherson, who moved to sixth on the Order of Merit and opened up the possibility of finishing inside the top five by season’s end and earning a 2016 Web.Com Tour card.

Macpherson became the third Australian to win Ping An Bank China Tour – PGA TOUR China Series’ event, and the win was the fourth title overall by an Aussie. He joins David McKenzie and Brett Drewitt as winners in China. McKenzie won two titles in 2014.

A year ago, on his way to a ninth place Order of Merit finish, Bryden Macpherson had six consecutive top-10s to end his season. He didn’t play after the Nine Dragons Open, electing to skip the Series’ final two events on the 2014 schedule. He earned his Web.com Tour playing privileges through the Tour’s Qualifying Tournament in the United States.

New Zealander Josh Geary still leads the China Tour money list.

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