13th September 2017 | Sunshine Tour
Burmester looking forward to stern test in Holland
He looked poised for a possible second European Tour win in the first three rounds of the Omega European Masters last week, but it was not to be as the wheels on Dean Burmester’s wagon to victory fell off in the final round in Switzerland.
Rounds of 70, 64 and 68 took the Tshwane Open champion to a share of third with eventual winner Matthew Fitzpatrick among others, but testing final round weather conditions proved a tough challenge for Burmester as he would fall behind on the leaderboard to finish in a share of 30th.
“I teed off second last group on Sunday,” Burmester said. “It was good being in contention but unfortunately I didn’t finish well those last three holes. But, I played nicely in some bad weather last week and with the forecast not looking too good this week, I will take that as a big positive.”
An optimistic and competitive player, Burmester knows all is not lost with that finish in Crans Montana, and is looking forward to this week’s KLM Open in the Netherlands where he finished 72nd last season. Now, with a European Tour win under the belt and on the back of some solid performances lately, the Bloemfontein resident looks to be enjoying the varying conditions in the different venues he plays and will want to prove this at Spijk.
“It is massive,” he said of the experience of playing different courses in varying weather conditions in Europe. “I mean, we go from altitude last week to under sea-level this weekend so you get perfect weather and perfect golfing conditions, to wind and rain. So, it kind of tests everything. I think for any player in the world it’s best to come and test yourself against all sorts of conditions and among the best,” Burmester said.
While he didn’t win in Holland last year, Burmester has fond memories of the layout and will hope those will be of some help when he challenges on Thursday. “I played fairly nicely last year,” he recalls, “but we will have to see what the weather brings for us and how the scoring goes but I am sure it will be a stern test. It’s going to be an exciting week and I think everybody is going to enjoy it.”
While he is 44th on the Race to Dubai rankings, Burmester knows a win in the Netherlands will catapult him significantly from the 131st position he currently occupies on the Official World Golf Ranking standings.