Burmester unable to defend in Swaziland

Trophee Hassan II - Day TwoDean Burmester will not be defending his Lombard Insurance Classic title at the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club this week due to a logistical blunder that saw him not register to play in the event.

“Yeah unfortunately I had a couple of logistical problems that made the drive to Swaziland a little unnecessary. It’s a little unfortunate and it’s obviously one of the tournaments I really want to defend. I played really nicely here last year and it’s a shame that I won’t be in the tournament,” Burmester explained.

Last year’s event was one of four Sunshine Tour tournaments that Bumester claimed, and it’s an event that he had sketched into his calendar ever since the winning putt last year.

“I was hoping to be playing in Ireland at the Irish Open. It’s a massive event on the European Tour and I was hoping to maybe crack a nod or play well enough in Mauritius – a top five – and go and play but I didn’t and you know I was always going to come back here and defend if I wasn’t playing another event, it had to be a big event, but yeah I just didn’t enter so that’s how it goes,” he said.

Burmester’s busy schedule may be a factor in him not registering for the tournament, but it’s a schedule that is starting to include some prestigious tournaments around the world.

“At this stage I’m pretty much in the same position as we talked about last week. I’m up and down and not sure where I’m off to next, but I’m going to go and U.S. Open qualify next week Monday and then hopefully I’ll be playing in Sweden and Austria the next two weeks after that,” he said.

One consolation for the administrative mishap is the extra time Burmester gets to spend with his family.

“Yeah back to the family. I’ll drive back to Joburg and fly back to Bloem and see my wife and my little boy. Obviously I don’t get enough time with them as it is, so yeah I’ll Just head back and reflect on a very, very not so clever decision,” said Burmester.

Meanwhile, the qualifier for the Lombard Insurance Classic was won by Gert Myburgh, who carded a six-under-par 66 to finish two ahead of Teaghan Gauche, Thanda Mavundla and Botswana’s Stuart Smith, who shot four-under-par 68’s.

Myburgh, who’s best finish to date on the Sunshine Tour is a tie 10th at the Vodacom Origins – Selborne, says he’s just looking to have fun this week at Royal Swazi Spa Country Club.

“There was something in my swing that was bothering me, but I think I’ve figured it out, it’s something really small with my grip, but I came out today to just enjoy it and have fun.  That’s the goal for the week is to just enjoy it,” said Myburgh.

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