A golfer who has missed a few cuts before a competition never sleeps well, but Merrick Bremner is determined to have a good time when he tees it up in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Mount Edgecombe tournament, which begins on Thursday.
Bremner, a seven-time Sunshine Tour winner and a stalwart of the circuit since 2006/7, is presently 83rd on the Money List after missing the last three cuts due to a rough winter. However, the 35-year-old is certain that his fortunes would reverse if he has joy on the course rather than pushing and grinding.
“I’m hoping to have a great time. I’m wanting to relocate from Gauteng’s high-paced, fast-paced lifestyle to a more relaxed environment like Mount Edgecombe. I realize it’s not as simple as declaring, “I’m going to have fun,” and then playing well; otherwise, I’d have a lot more nice performances.
“However, if you’re not having fun, you won’t be able to perform at your best, so that’s my objective — just go out there and have a good time.” I just remind myself that life could be much worse; I might be working a 9-to-5 job, so I consider myself really fortunate to be able to play golf for a living. The secret to anyone’s success is that they enjoy what they do, according to Bremner.
Bremner was born in Durban and grew up on the Highveld, but he feels at home on the North Coast.
“It’s great to be down here again. Coastal courses have always appealed to me, and I’ve had some success at Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate. I enjoy the layout, I like the people, and it just feels good here – it’s a little warmer, everything is greener, and there’s more grass on the fairways than there is up in Gauteng right now. So maybe it does feel a little like home,” Bremner speculated.
Bremner, who is known as one of the game’s strongest hitters, also has good news in that his putting practice is paying off, as seen by his third-place performance in the pro-am.
“Every part of your game needs to be on point around here, but I’ve been working hard on my putting and appear to be making decent progress. So this event is something I’m really looking forward to,” Bremner added.