5th April 2017 | IGT Challenge Tour
Bremner takes the cash at Waterkloof Challenge
(PHOTO – Merrick Bremner; credit CJ du Plooy)
TSHWANE, 5 April 2017 – Merrick Bremner hit a few hurdles down the home straight at Waterkloof Golf Club, but a solid two-putt par at the closing hole netted the five-time Sunshine Tour winner first prize in the IGT Challenge Tour’s Waterkloof Challenge on Wednesday.
“I made a strong start, but I missed a few opportunities down the back nine,” Bremner said after his final round 68 and four stroke victory on 19-under-par 197.
“I’m really happy with the shape I’m in after the two weeks on the IGT Challenge Tour, though, and I feel ready to take my game to the Zimbabwe Open. It’s been great to get some game time to get the rust off and the focus sharp before the Sunshine Tour starts up again.”
The 31-year-old Investec Property player began the last 18 holes with a two shot lead over Matias Calderon from Chile and he had four shots on Sunshine Tour rookie Herman Loubser.
“I birdied the second and third and picked up another birdie at seven to turn three under with my nose still in front after Matias birdied four and eagled the par five,” Bremner said. “He had back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12, but I held on to a one shot lead with a birdie at 12. I didn’t take advantage of the par five (14) after hitting nine-iron from the middle of the fairway, but Mat also made par.
“We both scrambled for par at 15, but the momentum shifted in my favour at 16 after Mat made an unlucky double. His ball ricochet backwards after hitting something and he hit a tree with his next shot. We both hit it in the drink at 17 and had to up-and-down for bogey, but I hit a proper tee shot down the 18th fairway, put it safely on the green and two-putted for the win.
“It was a great rally and a lot of fun to get the competitive juices going at full speed. Mat played really great and he is going to be a good addition to the new blood on the Sunshine Tour. Herman, too. He is a real fighter. I wish them both well for their tour debut in Zimbabwe.”
Meanwhile Calderon bogeyed the last hole for a 71 to finish in third on his own at 202.
Loubser moved into fourth at 203 with a 70 while Dainfern’s Matthew Spacey produced a flawless 66 to leapfrog both fellow Sunshine Tour rookies and close out second place at 15 under.
Heinrich Bruiners shot the low round of the day – an eight-under 64 – to vault to joint fifth at 12 under, while fellow Gary Player School of 2017 members Sipho Bujela and Musiwalo Nethunzwi grabbed a share of 10th with respective rounds of 65 and 69.
Bremner did up taking cash of buddy George Coetzee but it was a little less than expected after the five-time European Tour winner fired a 66 to win the final round bet.