Merrick Bremner kept his South African Open challenge on track as he finished off his second round within three strokes of the lead of Henrik Stenson at the Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate on Saturday.
The round had to be completed on Saturday morning following a suspension due to lightning on Friday. The third round is scheduled to start no earlier than 10:30 and off two tees.
Bremner, who led the first round with his joint course record 64, added a 70 on Saturday morning to finish at 10 under. Sweden’s Stenson managed to complete his second round on Friday before the storm, and heads the field on 13 under following a 65.
Another Swede in Magnus Carlsson is at nine under, while Charl Schwartzel produced a solid 68 to make it through 36 holes at eight under and poised for a good weekend.
Martin Kaymer finished the round at four under with a 70.
Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate will host the South African Open Championship in 2011 and 2012. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at Serengeti is the first 27-hole golf course in Gauteng and was recently named “Best New Golf Course” by Golf Digest.
The 18-hole course called Masai Mara, which means “wide open plains” in the language of the Masai, has a rugged grassland and dune-scape look. One of the unique features on the course is the par-five eighth hole with its island green. The nine-hole course called Whistling Thorn has a more classic feel.
The courses were constructed in accordance with USGA specifications, with cool season grass that provides green vistas all year round. Designed as a strategic and technical masterpiece that will test today’s best players, the sunken design of the course with its wide corridors is ideal for tournament purposes and provides optimal spectator value on almost every hole.