Merrick Bremner doesnÂt have too many words for his two Swedish playing partners, so heÂll let his clubs do the talking when the leading three-ball goes out for round three of the South African Open.
ÂMy Swedish in not very good. I see IÂve got two of them this afternoon, but thatÂll be good fun. I met Henrik (Stenson) a couple of years ago at Pearl Valley. I hope he remembers me, because I certainly remember him. Magnus (Carlsson) IÂve never played with before. IÂve never even met him, but itÂll be good fun IÂm sure,Â he said.
The big-hitter from Cullinan will meet his match in Stenson, who is notoriously long off the tee. The Swede spent much of 2011 avoiding his driver and instead choosing three-wood, and in a strange twist Bremner did something similar on Friday.
ÂI stopped hitting driver on the back nine, because I hit a few poor shots early on,Â said Bremner. ÂI just need to hit some fairways and greens and give chances for birdies.Â
ItÂs been an exciting few days for Bremner, who started the 102-year-old tournament with a course-record 64. An early double in his second round meant he had to salvage from the get-go, but he kept his focus and turned at one-under.
ÂThings change Â I had a double early on in my round yesterday and I missed a couple of early opportunities for birdies. I just regrouped and made a couple of birdies before the turn, and then just kept playing.
That mental strength was once again called upon when dangerous weather caused a delay in play, which forced the 26-year-old to defer his final four holes until Saturday morning.
ÂIt was the completion of a round, so youÂve got to keep the same focus up as you did yesterday or the day before that. You canÂt let it slip for one second Â if you do you can make a double quickly. YouÂve got to keep the focus up and come and do your best,Â he said.