He’s missed two cuts on the European Tour and European Challenge Tour since his share of eighth in last month’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, so Merrick Bremner is keen to get a full weekend’s golf in at this week’s Lyoness Open in Austria.
He’s last off in the first round of that tournament on Thursday at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, so he will have a good idea of what the course and conditions can offer him in his quest for four good rounds.
Chief amongst the factors keeping him from breaking through in Europe after two good seasons on the Sunshine Tour in 2013 and 2014 has been his propensity to throw in one round which blows him out of contention – it was a 76 in the second round of the D+D Real Czech Challenge and a 77 in the first round of last week’s Nordea Masters.
Those two big numbers kept him from playing on the weekend in those tournaments, and he had similar problems when he did make the cut in the Africa Open and the Tshwane Open on home soil earlier in the year. A third-round 78 in East London and a 76 on ‘moving day’ in Pretoria meant he was unable to get in touch with the lead when things looked good after solid starts in both tournaments.
But he has been in Europe for some three weeks now, so he should soon start finding his feet on courses that differ substantially from those he is used to in South Africa. A solid finish will do his confidence the world of good.
He is joined in the field by fellow South Africans Jacques Blaauw, Louis de Jager, Jbe’ Kruger, Jake Roos and Justin Walters.