For the second week in a row, Dean Burmester charged to the front on Sunday in a tournament in his native South Africa, securing his second straight DP World Tour victory. Here the South African Open Recap
This time, it was a three-shot win at the South African Open, as Burmester’s 11-under 277 and 68 on Sunday was enough to pass third-round leader Ryan Van Velzen and put some distance between them for the win.
“Back-to-back! I’ve never done that before so that was special; it’s obviously one as a South African that I’ve always wanted to win,” Burmester said. “To be involved in this tournament and to win it, with a bank that used to sponsor me and got me off the ground when I was just a kid, is super special. It’s a tournament I watched growing up and I watched a lot of legends, so to be the SA Open champion is something I’ll never forget.”
Burmester, who is a member of LIV Golf, does not typically play on the DP World Tour but has been eligible because the events in South Africa this month have been co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. His win last week allowed him to qualify for The Open Championship next year. In some ways, however, this week’s win was even more special.
“This week I won and my wife and my two kids were there. So it means everything, just to have my two boys there seeing me out front, living out my dream – that’s everything so I’m very thankful.”
Burmester had the lead on Sunday by the seventh hole. Birdies on 10 and 12, a par save on 13, and birdies on 16 and 17 sealed the deal. There was one tense moment on the 18th, when Burmester’s second shot hit a group of rocks, but the bounce off the rocks resulted in a favorable lie, and he was able to finish off the hole without incident. It was a big comeback since nearly missing the cut amid not feeling well physically on Friday. He made the weekend right on the cut line and a 65 on Saturday gave him a shot at the win.
Van Valzen, who shot a 73 on Sunday, had to settle for a tie for runner-up with Renato Paratore and Jesper Svensson. In a five-way tie for fifth were South Africans Louis de Jager and Jayden Schaper along with Alejandro Del Rey, Frederic LaCroix, and Matteo Manassero. Defending tournament champion Thriston Lawrence tied for 10th with Francesco LaPorta at -6.
The last of three consecutive events in South Africa to start the 2024 DP World Tour season takes place next week. It’s the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Malalane. Ockie Strydom won last year’s event by two strokes over Adrian Otaegui. Among those going for the win this year will be Burmester, who’s now seeking a South African three-peat, and the typical South African contenders we’ve seen the past two weeks.
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