Aussie pro golfer Wayne Perske was supposed to be on flight MH370

The fateful flight of MH370 has turned into one of the most mysterious and tragic events this century, and like any tragedy involving loss of life there comes with it the stories of those people who somehow managed to avoid death thanks to a lucky set of circumstances.

Australian golfer Wayne Perske was supposed to be on flight MH370 that crashed into the Indian Ocean after veering off course on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing Capital.

According to, Perske was booked to fly to Beijing for the Chinese PGA qualifying school on flight MH370, only to be told a day before the flight he should fly back home to Brisbane and and ready himself for another qualifying event a week later.

Stricken by food poisoning during a qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur on March 6, he pulled out mid-round and packed his clubs for a possible flight to China two days later.

“I still have icky, goose-bump moments thinking ‘what if?’ because it was a real Sliding Doors thing,” Perske, 39, said on Thursday at his Manly West home.

“One door led to MH370 and flying to the Chinese PGA qualifying school.

Luckily, the day before that flight I got an email in KL directing me to another qualifying event in China a week later.

“It was 50-50 … far too close for comfort.”

Rather than catching the doomed flight, Perske flew home on the same day to Brisbane where he heard news of the missing airliner.

Eight Australians including Brydsan MacPherson and and Jamie Arnold managed to earn their cards for the PGA Tour China Series but Perske missed out however Perske prbably has a much different perspective on life and golf since his near miss.

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