High-quality play sees Bremner into semis of Match Play

Merrick Bremner was self-deprecating about the quality of golf which got him into the semi-finals of the ISPS Handa Match Play Championship on Saturday with a 3&2 win over Theunis Spangenberg.

But any round which includes three birdies and an eagle by the time the 16th hole is reached is pretty good golf, and Bremner takes real form with him into the match with Doug McGuigan, who was a 2&1 winner over Darren Fichardt.

“It was actually weird,” said Bremner. “Neither of us actually made any bad mistakes until 12 when Theunis made bogey from the bunker.

“He made a birdie on three, and I eagled four. Then we halved every hole in par. I made a great up-and-down on 12 from the bunker. I made a clutch putt on the next for birdie after Theunis had hit it to tap-in. I birdied the next hole, and I hit it close on 16.

“So it was no bogeys – just three birdies and an eagle,” he added.

Bremner had a 4&3 win in the opening round of the R2-million tournament, and then a pair of 1-up finishes took him into the round of 16. There, he defeated Jared Harvey 3&2, and he has always looked as if he will be tough to beat.

“The semi-final is the same as every round,” he cautioned, however. “You just go out and do your best. But I enjoy match play. And the last time I played a match play tournament, I won it.”

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