2013 countdown: No. 10 – Merrick Bremner

The first in a series of profiles of the top 10 players on the 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit:

 

No. 10 – Merrick Bremner

 

It was a busy year for Merrick Bremner: A full Sunshine Tour season of 24 tournaments, as well as an unsuccessful tilt at earning a card for the European Tour, saw him finish 10th on the final 2013 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.

 

He finished the year with R1,281,149.45 – comfortably more than double his previous best-ever season which came in 2012.

 

The success was built around consistency. He had 10 top-10 finishes, the highest number since his good 2008 season during which he had six.

 

There was a victory too, the first since 2008 when he won the Telkom PGA Pro-Am, when he took the Lombard Insurance Classic in Swaziland on the back of a brilliant opening 63. He followed that with a 65 and was able to cruise home two strokes ahead of PH McIntyre with a closing 71.

 

Part of the problem in the past for Bremner was the yo-yo nature of his record: He was just as likely to miss the cut after a good performance, and each of his annual records had a list of missed cuts that was too long for a player who wanted to break through.

 

But in 2013, he missed the cut on only four occasions, and the top-10s included a share of 10th in the Nelson Mandela Championship, which earned him the biggest cheque of his career when he took home R278,320.

 

He will take confidence from that consistency into 2014, and will be looking for his first ‘big’ summer victory to take his career to the next level.

 

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