Merrick Bremner came through the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf at Langebaan Country Estate with a six-under-par 66 and smelling of… well, Bulgari fragrance.
The fragrance is one of the associate sponsors of the series, and, at the 16th at Langebaan during the second round, there were promoters giving players a little whiff of their products, and Bremner was one of the Sunshine Tour professionals who took a spritz from a tester.
Bremner, 27, had fired a disappointing four-over-par 76 in the opening round, but, by the time he reached the 16th on Thursday, he was well on his way to a huge hike up the leaderboard with a bogey-free round 10 strokes better than his first.
“It was really just two bad shots in the first round that sank me,” said Bremner. “I hit tee shots out of bounds on the fourth and the seventh, and ended up with triple-bogey on both holes.”
So, in the end, four-over-par wasn’t too bad for someone who also had a double-bogey five – on the 158-metre 16th after he started his round on the 10th – on his card. In fact, he followed his second triple-bogey with an eagle on eight, which at least turned the momentum ahead of his second round.
And how it changed: two birdies in the opening nine prefaced another on the 10th, and then three in a row from 12 to 14 saw him finish much closer to the lead than he might have imagined he would at the end of the first day.
“I actually thought I played better in the first round,” he said, “but my putting was a little better in the second round. The greens here are a little easier in the mornings.”
Bremner was relaxed enough to try out a Bulgari fragrance. “I bought my fiancée some Bulgari perfume in Belgium a little while ago,” he said. “She hasn’t opened it yet and plans to use it at the wedding.”
Maybe he was getting a sneak preview of it, but his own second-round performance didn’t need any sprucing up.