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Macpherson Reveals Busted Wedge to iSeekGolf Podcast

Victorian Bryden Macpherson had only 13 clubs to choose from in his agonising playoff loss on Sunday.
Young Victorian professional Bryden Macpherson may find himself wondering how much it matters to have only 13 golf clubs to choose from rather than 14.

Macpherson was locked in a tense battle at last week’s Asian Golf Championship in China which was not only the China Tour’s season finale but co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour and offering 2018 Asian Tour playing rights to the eventual champion.

Furthermore, a win for Macpherson would also secure him the China Tour’s Order of Merit title and the priceless gift of a European Tour card for 2018.

Sadly for the 27-year-old, he would go on to lose the event in a playoff to local favourite Bowen Xiao and forego the Asian and European Tour spoils that would have gone with a win.

But it was what happened to Macpherson on his way to a bogey six at the par-five 14th hole of the final round which would haunt most golfers.

Speaking as the guest on Episode 36 of The iSeekGolf Podcast, he revealed that he had to play his final four holes with only 13 clubs.

Macpherson found long grass left of the 14th green and, in the process of extricating his ball, bent the shaft of his 58 degree wedge, rendering it unusable for the remainder of the round.


“Playing the shot out of the long grass, my 58 (degree wedge) got quite bent in the shaft which was strange, I’d never had it happen to me in a long time so I couldn’t use it again,” he told The iSeekGolf Podcast.

Under Rule 4-3 of the R&A Rules of Golf, "A club is unfit for play if it is substantially damaged, e.g. the shaft is dented, significantly bent or breaks into pieces."

Macpherson continued: “I hadn’t hit it in a bunker all week and I hit it in bunkers on the next two holes, needed my 58 (degree wedge), it’s funny how that happens."

Playing ahead of Xiao, Macpherson had a 15-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to set the clubhouse lead at five under which he missed before watching Xiao bogey the 72nd hole to set up the playoff.

Losing at the second extra hole meant Macpherson finished approximately AU$160 behind China Tour Order of Merit winner Rak Hyun Cho of South Korea.

To listen to Bryden Macpherson's earlier appearance as a guest on Episode 14 of The iSeekGolf Podcast, click here.


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