Merrick making tracks on Investec Cup path

He might not have claimed the 250 points on offer to the winner, but Merrick Bremner continued to chase the Investec Cup with his third-place finish at the ISPS Handa SA Match Play Championship, moving to second in the points race.

“The race to the Investec Cup is nice, and I’ll get some good points for that. I’m excited about the extra incentive, and I don’t know where I stand in points, but it’s been good for me so far,” he said.

The players are racing to make enough points to earn one of 30 spots in a limited-field, R6-million rand tournament – the Investec Cup. 13 Events on the Sunshine Tour schedule, beginning with the BMG Classic and ending with the Telkom PGA Championship, offer up such points.

While Bremner’s second-place finish at the BMG Classic earned him a solid 90 points, it was the 120 points he made at Zwartkop Country Club this week that put him into contention.

Full-field Sunshine Tour events will have 3 000 points on offer with 250 to the winner, while each of the six European Tour co-sanctioned events to be played in South Africa over the summer will have 3 500 points on offer with 330 going to the winner. The Investec Cup will have a staggering 6 500 points on offer.

Winning offers up a huge amount of points, and Teboho Sefatsa and Ruan de Smidt both took home120 for their respective wins at the BMG Classic and Suncoast Classic. The value in full-field events showed on Sunday, when Doug McGuigan netted a massive 250 points for his match play victory.

With big events like the SA Open Championship just weeks away, the race to the Investec Cup is really heating up, and the big names are taking note. Prepare for the showdown.

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