Aussie Macpherson wins British Amateur
Bryden Macpherson has every reason to be smiling after winning the British Amateur championship with a 3&2 victory over Scotland’s, Michael Stewart.
Macpherson’s stellar effort broke a 57 year Australian winning drought at the championship and has secured the US based Aussie a start in the 2011 Open Championship and the 2012 US Masters.
Macpherson, who has just completed his sophomore year at the University of Georgia, becomes only the second Australian to win the Amateur Championship, after Doug Bachli in 1954.
“I’m just so proud to be an Aussie,” said the world number 15 shortly after the presentation.
“The Amateur championship was the one that I really wanted to win. The whole day I was thinking about national pride. I just really hope everyone can appreciate how proud I am to be an Australian right now and how proud I am of this week.”
Signs of a pending Macpherson victory came early in the final despite being one down after the first hole of the day.
After winning the sixth hole with a four, and the ninth, he would establish a lead that would last until he closed out his victory on the 34th green.
“My putter was the difference as I was able to hole some pressure putts, especially on the first hole after lunch,” said Macpherson.
“I was reading the speed of the ball well when I was off the green and was able to get the ball close to the hole. To be honest, I’m just so wrapped at the moment, it is just huge.”
For Stewart, it was a difficult day, characterised by a number of missed short putts and a number of shots pushed right into deep rough.
“I didn’t play well today,” said the Scotsman,
“I was dire, this morning. I don’t know what it was. I just didn’t feel comfortable over the ball.”
“All credit to him, though. I was thinking that I had to make birdie to win a hole, because he was getting up and down all day. He putted absolutely fantastic.”
Macpherson has won internationally before. In 2009 he collected the New Zealand Amateur stroke title the same year he won the Australian Amateur stroke championship.
His maiden top amateur win was at the 2008 Dune Medal where he scorched the demanding Dunes Links layout with a course record third round of 63 before going on to win the National Trial event wire to wire.
Yet nothing compares with his achievement at Hillside today.
“I came into this championship with some match play form,” said Macpherson, who only last week was instrumental with the University of Georgia making the finals of the NCAA Division 1 Championship at Karsten Creek.
“The week at Karsten was grinding, I was forced to play a lot of knockdown shots and work the ball with the wind.”
“You were punished when you missed a drive and looking back it was probably the best preparation I could have with the combination of tough match play matches and playing in the wind.”
The British Amateur championship title had evaded Australian hands for too long and it is fitting for a talent like Macpherson to be the one to change the history books.
Just two years ago Macpherson made the decision to take his game to the next level and play the tough US Collegiate system.
At the time he wanted and needed to make changes to his life and the transition from Melbourne to Georgia has proven invaluable.
Despite being based in the US he remains proudly Australian.
“I’m just full of national pride at the moment you cannot believe,” he said.
“There’s sure to be some changes with winning this title and it’s something to look forward to especially to be playing The Open and the Masters. But you never forget where you come from.”
Macpherson has every right to be proud as he’s a true champion and it is fitting that he’s name has been added to the British Amateur trophy.