Doug McGuigan starting winning from the first at Zwartkop Country Club on Saturday, and didnÂt stop until he claimed a 5&3 victory over Merrick Bremner in the semi-finals of the ISPS Handa South African Match Play Championship.
ÂI hit one bad drive today at 10, but other than that I hit the ball very well,Â said McGuigan. ÂIÂve played really nice, solid golf, although we havenÂt had an avalanche of birdies, because there are a lot of little slopes on these greens.Â
On Saturday the 42-year-old showed why heÂs won four times on the Sunshine Tour, first by taking out top-seeded Darren Fichardt to make it to the semis, and then by beating Bremner to make the final.
ÂTo take Darren and Merrick out in one day is a good achievement for anybody, so IÂm really happy with that,Â he said.
The Ebotse Golf and Country Estate professional dominated from the get-go, winning the first, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth to turn 5-up.
ÂI was five-under for the front nine. ItÂs always nice to get off to a good start, because if the other guy is under pressure it just keeps mounting on him,Â he said.
Bremner is no slouch, and began his comeback with wins at the 10th and 11th. McGuigan, however, had other plans and hit a superb shot over the trees at 14 to land eight feet from the pin on his way to a par. A three-putt bogey by the opposition meant he moved to 4-up.
ÂI turned 5-up and then lost 10 and 11,Â said McGuigan. ÂI lost those two twice today, but on 12 I knocked in a nice four-footer and that just stopped that momentum, so I was comfortable after that.Â
The 2011 Zambia Open champion didnÂt rest on his lead and pitched his approach at 15 to within a metre of the flag. Bremner flew the green, and after his chip ran 15 feet past the flag he conceded the match.
McGuigan heads into the final on Sunday, where heÂll play for an impressive R300,000 winnerÂs cheque. His rival is Jaco Ahlers, which means there will surely be a chess match around Zwartkops tomorrow.
ÂJaco has been playing well, so obviously heÂs on form as well. HeÂs beaten some good players, so weÂll go out and see who the ball rolls for,Â he said.