4th April 2017 | IGT Challenge Tour
Bremner eyes IGT Challenge Tour payday
(PHOTO – Merrick Bremner; credit CJ du Plooy)
TSHWANE, 4 April 2017 – Merrick Bremner is hoping for a double payday in the Waterkloof Challenge after he launched into the second round lead in the IGT Challenge Tour event on Tuesday.
The Investec Property player bagged nine birdies in a flawless display at Waterkloof Golf Club to move to 15-under-par 129. If things goes his way in the final round, Bremner will be pocking the winner’s cheque and a little something extra from buddy George Coetzee.
“George and I had a little side bet this week, so I’m looking forward to taking his cash,” said the 31-year-old Els Club Copperleaf player. “It looks promising at this stage, but with George you never know. He is tinkering with his swing, but if he hit a hot streak, he could go very low.
“It’s really great to come off a five-week lay-off and to be in the running. I got the rust of in the Better Ball Challenge at Wanderers last week and I’m leading, so life is good right now.”
Like the other Sunshine Tour campaigners, Bremner competed last week and is playing this week to get in shape for the upcoming Zimbabwe Open.
“I wanted some game time and it’s worked out well for me,” said the five-time Sunshine Tour winner.
“There has been a lot of depth in the field in the last two weeks and it’s very competitive. The two youngsters who won the Better Ball last week (Kyle Barker and amateur Dylan Mostert) impressed me with the way they held their nerve against some proper players from the Sunshine Tour. And I was really impressed with that kid Matias (Calderon), who shot 60 yesterday. No matter what Tour you’re playing, it’s takes game to shoot that kind of score.
“I’m happy with how my game is shaping. I missed a short birdie putt at the first and I didn’t take advantage of the par five, but the putts started dropping from the third hole. I had a nice little birdie run from 10 to 12 and those putts were all really close; collectively less than 10 feet. I’m hitting the ball well and the wedges were really sharp today. I just need to keep it going and I can take my wife out for a nice meal on George this weekend.”
Calderon from Chile wasn’t able to replicate the fireworks of an opening 60, but a mundane 71 still left him within striking distance of a maiden victory on the country’s premier golf development circuit. The Santiago native sits two back from Bremner and will start the final round two strokes ahead of recent Sunshine Tour Qualifying School winner Herman Loubser, who produced rounds of 67 and 66 while watching Bremner and Coetzee at work for two days.
“Herman definitely has game and a great temperament on the golf course and George and I gave him a little advice after the round,” said Bremner. “I’m looking forward to playing with him and Matias in the final round and having George wait for me in the clubhouse.
Coetzee will have a tough task to win the bet. The three-time European Tour champion carded rounds of 66 and 72 and he lags nine shots behind the leader.