Zim golfers struggle at BMG Classic

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Mark Williams, Greg Bentley and Sheldon Steyn struggled to stake their claim at the BMG Classic which saw them battle at the peripheries of the R800 000 tournament that ended on Sunday at Glendower Golf Club.

Williams, who closed tied on 48 on five-over finished as Zimbabwe’s highest placed golfer in a field of 143 competitors, walked away with a consolation of R4 604.

The Modderfontein Golf Club representative, who qualified automatically for his exemption status on the Sunshine Tour, fired rounds of 75, 71 and 75 that included 12 birdies,  15 bogeys and one double bogey.

Steyn and Bentley failed to make the cut after posting high scores over the first two rounds of the tournament.

Steyn’s placed 109 with his nine-over after signing for 79 and 74

Bentley was further down the perking order tied on 123.

The 28-year-old shot a way-ward 12 over-par.

South Africa’s Merrick Bremner, who finished 12-under-par for the tournament to win the BMG Classic with a one-stroke edge over Darren Fichardt.

“It took more than one good shot to win the tournament,” said Bremner told the Sunshine Tour official website.

“The wind was gusting around at the beginning of the round, swopping directions all the time. It was just hard to pick a club and to read the wind, and when you got things right, you just had to take advantage of that. Thankfully, I managed to do that.

“I was grinding out the front nine, and then I missed a birdie opportunity on eight, and then I made bogey on nine.

“After that, I made a good par on 10 and then I went birdie-birdie. I thought if I could try and get three more with two par-fives to come, I’d have a chance.”

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