Dean Burmester Wins 2023 DP World Tour’s Joburg Open

Dean Burmester Wins 2023 DP World Tour’s Joburg Open

Dean Burmester, the favorite going into the 2023 Joburg Open to tee off the 2024 DP World Tour schedule, won the tournament and has qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Troon next year.

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That normally wouldn’t be as big of a deal for a winner on the circuit, but since Burmester is a member of LIV Golf and doesn’t earn Official World Golf Ranking points on that series, this was one of his only chances to get into the field.

Dean Burmester, playing in his home of South Africa, overcame a three-shot lead early on his way to shooting a 6-under 64 on Sunday to total an 18-under 262 and win the event by three strokes over fellow countryman Darren Fichardt. Defending champion Dan Bradbury finished two shots behind Fichardt.

Because this was the first Open Qualifying Series event of the new season, the trio all qualified for next July’s Open Championship.

“I love The Open Championship,” said Burmester, who finished 11th in his only try in the Open. “The 150th Open at St. Andrews that I played in was probably the greatest spectacle that I’ve ever witnessed. They put on one of the most special shows in golf.

“Links golf is the truest form of golf and to get through in my home country is super special. As a kid, it was probably the one I wanted to win the most, and hopefully, I can give myself an opportunity over the four days that I’m there.”

2023 DP World Tour’s Joburg Open final results

Fichardt just regained his DP World Tour card and wasted no time with a top finish. He’ll now play in his seventh Open, and his first one since 2017 when he qualified by winning the Joburg Open that year.

“I haven’t had a good track record in The Open so I want to rectify that, I want to have a good week and get that bad streak out of the way,” Fichardt said.

Bradbury was able to qualify for the 2023 Open by winning this event as a major longshot a year ago. He’s thrilled to be able to return to golf’s oldest major.

“If you can’t win, this is the next best thing,” Bradbury said. “It’s a great bonus for the event and I’m really looking forward to it. Didn’t do great last year so hopefully I can do better next time. The Open is the biggest event I’ve ever played and this one will be the biggest event again.”

It wasn’t as good of a day for South African Thriston Lawrence, the 2021 winner of this tournament. He led by three strokes over Burmester, but the lead was gone by the third hole. Lawrence wound up tied for seventh with Gavin Green.

It was mostly South Africans in the top 10. Zander Lombard and Jacques Kruyswijk tied for fourth at -12 while Nikhil Rama was sixth. In a three-way tie for ninth, it was Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Jayden Schaper, and Darius Van Driel of the Netherlands. 

Up Next

It’s another dual weekend for the DP World Tour, with events in Australia and South Africa. Many of the same golfers will be playing in the Investec South African Open Championship in Johannesburg, where Thriston Lawrence is the defending champ. 

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