DURBAN, KwaZulu-Natal – A golfer who has missed a few cuts never sleeps easy before a tournament, but Merrick Bremner is determined to ensure he enjoys himself when he tees it up in this weekâ€™s Vodacom Origins of Golf Mount Edgecombe tournament, starting on Thursday.
Bremner, a seven-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and a stalwart of the circuit since 2006/7, is currently 83rd on the Money List after a fairly difficult winter has seen him miss the last three cuts. But the 35-year-old is adamant that his fortunes will only turn if he is having fun out on course and not pushing and grinding too hard.
â€œIâ€™m hoping to have a lot of fun. Coming from the high pace, quick living of Gauteng, to a very laid-back place like Mount Edgecombe is what Iâ€™m looking for. I know itâ€™s not as easy as just saying â€˜Iâ€™m going to have funâ€™ and then you play well otherwise I would have a lot more good performances.
â€œBut if youâ€™re not enjoying yourself then you definitely wonâ€™t be able to perform at your best, so thatâ€™s my focus â€“ just go out there and have some fun. I just remember that life could be worse, I could have a 9-to-5 job, so I am extremely blessed to be playing golf for a living. The key to anyoneâ€™s success is that they are enjoying what they do,â€ Bremner said.
Bremner was born in Durban and feels at home on the North Coast, even though he grew up on the Highveld.
â€œItâ€™s excellent to be back down here. Iâ€™ve always liked the coastal courses and Iâ€™ve had a bit of success at Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate. I like the layout, I love the people and it just feels lekker here â€“ itâ€™s a bit warmer, everything is greener and thereâ€™s more grass on the fairways than up in Gauteng right now. So maybe somewhere in there it does feel a bit like home,â€ Bremner said.
Known as one of the biggest hitters on our, the other excellent news for Bremner is that, judging by his third-place finish in the pro-am, the hard work he has done on his putting is starting to pay off.
â€œAll aspects of your game need to fire around here, but I have been putting in some proper putting work and I seem to be making some good progress. So I am really looking forward to this tournament,â€ Bremner said.