Macpherson tops PGA Tour China Order of Merit

Australia’s Bryden Macpherson finished in a tie for third at the Hainan Open on the weekend, which was enough to send the Victorian to the top of the PGA Tour China Series Order of Merit for the first time this year.

Macpherson supplanted New Zealand’s Josh Geary, who skipped the Hainan Open in favour of the Australian Open, where he missed the cut.

Bryden Macpherson Bryden Macpherson poses with the Cadillac Championship trophy he won in September (Credit: PGA Tour China)

Macpherson leads Geary by ¥16,750 (AUD$3.600), with only the Capital Airline – HNA Real Estate Championship left on the schedule. The next-closest pursuer is China’s Xinjun Zhang. He trails Geary by ¥254,984 (AUD$55,100).

With ¥216,000 available to the winner of the season-ending tournament, only Macpherson and Geary can win the money title. So they both know they’ll have their 2016 cards.

The difference is the Order of Merit winner will be fully exempt all season and able to play in any event he chooses. The guys who finish Nos. 2 through 5 don’t have that same luxury.

Macpherson knows what it means to be able to set your schedule and not have to wonder if he can get into tournaments or not.

Source – PGA Tour China