Port Elizabeth - He book-ended his round with two solid
par-saves on Friday, but seven birdies for the second day in a row saw Merrick
Bremner to a total of 14-under-par and a five-shot lead after the second round
of the R1-million Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Humewood Golf Club.
second-successive 65 wasn’t the best round of the day however, as Swede
Jonathan Agren fired a superb eight-under 64 to take up second position ahead
of Saturday’s final round, albeit a long way back from Bremner.
“I got off
to a solid start,” said Bremner.
“I hit a couple of good shots down the first
and my ball ended up over the green for some reason. I made a good up and down
“On the 18th,
I got distracted over the tee shot and I didn’t back off and regroup. So I hit
a bad tee shot, and then I had a tough bunker-shot after my approach. I hit it
perfectly to about three feet and that was a good par-save.
“Then I just
kept on creating chances, making good swing after good swing, keeping good
focus and I just let the birdies come.”
the two great rounds were not entirely a surprise, even though they came on the
back of a decision to keep driver out of play as much as possible.
say as much as possible,” he laughed.
“If I feel confident enough to hit it on
a tee shot, then I’d hit it. If I felt a little nervy on it, then I’d rein it
in and hit something I felt confident I could get in play.
“I think the
mental side of things is a big factor this week. I’ve had my thoughts pretty
clear now for the last couple of weeks. I had a good look at myself, and went
and spoke to my psychologist to try and get back in the game. I’ve got the
ability to perform at a higher level and that’s what I’m trying to showcase.
“I feel like
I’ve been swinging really well – the best I’ve probably swung the club in my
career – and the results just weren’t coming. I know patience is what you need
and it’s very difficult to stay patient when you feel you’re playing well and
you’re missing cuts. So I’m just taking it one shot at a time and I’ll let the
result take care of itself.
quite a bit of time working on things. I figured out that my new irons were
slightly heavier than my old ones – I ordered them that way. I tried them for
three weeks and they were obviously wrong because I missed a bunch of cuts. I
put the old sticks back in the bag this week and they seem to be doing the trick.”
has been playing well on his local Swedish circuit, but has just one top 10 on
the Sunshine Tour, was very satisfied with his day’s work. “I’m very pleased,”
he said. “I’ve been struggling the whole year in South Africa. I felt like I
have been playing well, but I haven’t made a decent score.
“I think I
hit every fairway – maybe missed one on the fringe – and I hit 16 greens. And
when I missed them, I managed to get it up and down well. I hit my wedges to
inside two metres and I made the putts.”
Agren is a
shot clear of three players in a share of third on eight-under. Jacquin Hess
carded 69 in the second round, Clinton Grobler six-under 66 and Ruan de Smidt
signed for a 67.
have a lot of work to do to chase down the leader.
“Every day is a new day, so
the challenge of tomorrow is tomorrow’s job, so I’ll take it as it comes
tomorrow, I guess,” said Bremner.
130 - Merrick Bremner 65 65
135 - Jonathan
Agren 71 64
136 - Jacquin
Hess 67 69, Clinton Grobler 70 66, Ruan de Smidt 69 67
137 - Philip
Geerts 70 67
138 - Steve
Surry 68 70, MJ Viljoen 71 67
139 - Ruan
Conradie 69 70, Andrew Curlewis 72 67, Riekus
Nortje 70 69, Ryan Tipping 72 67, Lyle Rowe 71 68