Port Elizabeth – He attributed his five-stroke win in the R1-million
Vodacom Origins of Golf tournament at Humewood Golf Club partly to a freakish
switch in wind during the final round on Saturday, but in truth Merrick Bremner
had it sewn up long before that.
three consecutive birdies from 15 to 17 to move to 19-under-par as he went the
full 54 holes without making a bogey, and he ended up leaving Ruan Conradie,
Clinton Grobler and Sweden’s Jonathan Agren in a share of second despite superb
final rounds from all three of them.
“When I was
on 15, it was quite weird,” said Bremner.
“It was supposed to be into the wind
and it switched! God was smiling on me for some reason and so I hit two-iron
and four-iron and two putted there.
“The tee was
pushed up quite a bit on 16 so it was within reach with an iron. My tee shot
was bad and a little bit right and I got lucky with the lie. I hit to about
eight feet behind the hole and made that.
“And then on
17, the wind switched again and it played downwind which is unbelievable. I hit
the two-iron of my life and hit a seven-iron to about 10 feet. I just missed
the eagle putt and made birdie there, and that was it.”
It was his
sixth career win on the Sunshine Tour, but only his first on a coastal course
after second-place finishes