Dean Burmester left himself a cushion in the closing stretch Sunday at the Tshwane Open, and he had more than enough in the tank to pull out the victory.
The South African fired out in 6-under 29 in the final round at Pretoria Country Club in his native land, reaching 18 under halfway through the final round. Burmester’s lead would reach six at one point as he rose to 20 under with four holes to play.
Late bogeys on 16 and 17 may have been blemishes, but Burmester still cruised to a 6-under 65 and a three-shot victory, his first on the European Tour.
He’s the fourth South African in the last five stagings of this event to come home with the title.
“I can’t believe it,” Burmester said, via EuropeanTour.com. “I’ve had an amazing summer and last week was a frustrating day for me on Sunday and it didn’t go my way but then my family and everyone who supported me said ‘we’re coming up next week so you better win in front of us’ and I’m glad to have done that.”
Burmester moves into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking with this win. This continues some fine play for the 28-year-old, who now has four top-11 finishes in six European Tour starts this season.
Alexander Bjork, a 54-hole co-leader, closed in 71 to finish five back in solo fifth. His fellow 54-hole co-leader fared way worse, as Scott Jamieson closed in 78 to drop all the way to T-22 at 6 under.
Mikko Korhonen and Jorge Campillo tied for second at 15 under. Peter Uihlein closed in 66 to place solo fourth at 14 under, while Pual Dunne (also with a final-round) 66 tied for sixth at 12 under.