Johannesburg - Jacques Blaauw blamed Merrick Bremner for the single bogey on their
card, but the pair still carded seven-under-par 65 on Friday in the second
round of the Team Championship being played at Dainfern Country Club.
foursomes format - ‘alternate shot’ - Bremner and Blaauw made eight birdies and
just the one bogey on the par-five eighth to join Jaco Prinsloo and JC Ritchie
on top of the leaderboard ahead of the final round which will return to the
fourball betterball format of the opening round.
eighth, Merrick hit a duck hook left,” laughed Blaauw.
“And he also left me in
some trouble on the par-five 18th, when I had to lay-up instead of
trying to go for the green. But I also hit a bad shot on the seventh where I
hit a bad shot and we got lucky.”
light-hearted finger-pointing, the pair was happy with their play.
played foursomes with Merrick before,” said Blaauw.
“We gelled well - I
made some good putts and he made a couple of very good putts as well.”
generous enough to accept the blame.
“I hit two bad tee shots and the rest is
history,” he laughed.
“I don’t think the fact that it was our first outing as a
team in foursomes was a problem. Jacques and I play out of the same club and we’ve
spent multiple practice rounds together, so we know each other’s games fairly
bogey came right between a pair of birdies, and was the only blemish on a card
which was the joint-best of the day. That seven-under-par mark was matched by
Philip Geerts and Jade Buitendag, who joined Anton Haig and Tyrone Ferreira on
15-under-par in a share of third going into the final round.
Ritchie followed their brilliant opening 11-under 61 in the fourball with a
fine six-under 66 in the foursomes to move some way towards ‘redemption’ for
missing the cut in last year’s inaugural version of the tournament.
Open champion Benjamin Follett-Smith and his fellow-Zimbabwean Stephen Ferreira
shot a 66 in the second round to join old friends and partners Jake Roos and
Christiaan Basson on 14-under-par. For those teams, just three shots off the
lead with the potentially low-scoring final round to come, there is plenty of
incentive to come out firing.
Bremner and Blaauw are likely to be holding anything back: “Merrick can really
let go off the tee tomorrow,” said Blaauw.
“That’s the nice thing about betterball.
We’ve got two balls in play so tomorrow’s going to be guns blazing and there’s
going to be lots of birdies.”
127 - J Prinsloo & JC Ritchie 61 66, J
Blaauw & M Bremner 62 65
129 - A
Haig & T Ferreira 63 66, P Geerts & J Buitendag 64 65
130 - C
Basson & J Roos 63 67, B Follett-Smith & S Ferreira 64
131 - J
Ahlers & V Groenewald 62 69, J Hugo & H Du Plessis 58
73, J de Villiers & A Versfeld 64 67, D Greene & J
Redman 59 72
132 - A
Beckley & K McClatchie 64 68, M Palmer & T Ryan 63
69, R van der Spuy & JP Strydom 62 70
133 - A
Michael & R Tipping 63 70, A Van der Knaap & L
Jerling 62 71, J Smith & W Stroebel 64 69
134 - D
McGuigan & H Otto 65 69, MJ Viljoen & O Strydom 63
71, D van Tonder & T Tree 66 68, R de Smidt & W
Dingle 63 71
135 - C
Groenewald & D Moore 64 71, B Meyer & C Mowat 67 68
136 - R
Nortje & P Moolman 66 70, T Thimba & M Carvell 65 71
Missed the cut:
136 - C
Swanepoel & CJ du Plessis 65 71, L Rowe & S Surry 63
73, V Lange & N O'Briain 65 71
137 - E
Conradie & R Conradie 65 72, U van den Berg & T Fisher
Jnr 65 72, P Eriksson & F From 66 71, JJ Senekal &
R West 67 70, C Nel & N Schietekat 69 68
138 - M
Mazibuko & T Simon 68 70, M Muthiya & A Odoh 64
74, T Bezuidenhout & E Lambrechts 67 71, A Nel & C
Cannon 64 74, R McGowan & R Enoch 65 73, D Petersen
& K Davidse 66 72
139 - M
Rohwer & A De Decker 68 71, T Lawrence & L Albertse 68
140 - M
McNulty & C Davison 71 69, M Nethunzwi & A de Kock 66 74
141 - H
Loubser & S Campbell 72 69
142 - T
Moore & W Coetsee 67 75, D Keun & R Lupini 69 73
143 - F
Manchest & T Sefatsa 65 78
144 - H
Bruiners & J Hess 68 76
146 - J
Harvey & M Hollick 69 77
147 - T
Gauche & J Viljoen 70 77
148 - A
Bux & J Froneman 66 82