Burmester must refine his game to win at Maccauvlei

Dean Burmester, a 22-year-old player on the Sunshine Big Easy Tour presented by Stonehage, must refine his game to win the R100 000 event to be played at Maccauvlei Golf Club this week.

Maccauvlei, which lies on the banks of the Vaal River, suits Burmester because he prefers a parklands style course and has played the last three events at Gauteng courses with similar characteristics.

At Glendower Golf Club three weeks ago, Burmester shot a strong first round of seven-under-par 65, but finished second behind Albert Pistorius, who won with a birdie putt on the 18th.

A week later Burmester played at Kempton Park Golf Club and went into the final day at two-under-par. Aside from four birdies, he carded two eagles in the round and secured himself another finish in second behind Dean O’Riley.

And at ERPM Golf Club last week Burmester carded and opening round of four-under-par 68, but was let down by his second round of two-over-par 74 and finished the tournament tied for eighth.

In his last six professional rounds Burmester has carded five eagles and 25 birdies, a collective score of 35-under-par which takes his round average to nearly six-under-par.

But he has carded 16 bogeys in the same period, thus his actual tally for the six rounds is 19-under and his average round is just above three-under-par.

Burmester must take a lesson in course management from the Joburg Open and The Telkom PGA Championship which he played earlier this year if he wants to win.

Maccauvlei plays a kinder front nine, and Burmester should look to capitalise before the turn, play a reserved game on his back nine and thus cut his bogey count and secure a win.

Maccauvlei, with its links-like feel, punishes players who are too ambitious, and club selection will play a major role in Burmester’s attempt.

Abundant bunkers will make Burmester choose more irons off the tee, and the necessity for lay-ups will push him to carefully select birdie opportunities.

Burmester has displayed all the potential to win, but must manage his way around the course and curb himself to become a winner.

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