Merrick undeterred by BMG conditions

Dangerous weather forced a suspension in play during round two of the BMG Classic, but Merrick Bremner was undeterred by a rainy restart at Glendower Golf Club on Sunday and reached the 36-hole mark tied for fourth.

 

“It was pretty tricky, but you can score well if you hit good shots and present yourself with chances,” he said.

 

Play at the R600,000 tournament was brought to a stop at 14h30 on Saturday, due to dangerous thunderstorms. Bremner was one of many with unfinished holes and had to return to the course at 06h30 on Sunday morning to resume play.

 

The rain poured on Sunday morning, but the 27-year-old kept his hopes afloat with a level-par second nine, reaching the clubhouse on an eight-under-par total, which was three shots less than leader Hennie Otto.

 

Heavy rainfall made the championship course extremely receptive, which could lead to a birdie-fest when the final round begins at 10h45 on Sunday.

 

“We played through the worst of it this morning,” said Bremner, who won the Lombard Insurance Classic in June. “The softness of the course is nice because you can fire at the flag knowing that it will stop, but you have to be careful on the back pins.”

 

“Starting the final round means that we’ll have to finish, whether it’s today or tomorrow. If the weather stays like this then I think there will be a few good score out there,” he added.

 

Completing the second round on Sunday could be a blessing in disguise for Bremner, who now has a good understanding of how to approach the course in its current condition.

 

Hennie Otto shot rounds of 65, 68 to claim the outright lead on 11-under-par, but he has Ulrich van Berg breathing down his neck on 10-under. A further stroke behind lies Lyle Rowe, who carded a Saturday 68. The leaders will tee off at 12h05.

 

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