Dean drums up 65 for Lombard lead

2015 Lombard Insurance Classic: Day 2Dean Burmester shot a clinical 65 at Royal Swazi Sun Country Club on Saturday to set out a one-shot lead ahead of the cut that Lombard Insurance Classic.

“My distance helps around the course and I have a lot of short wedges in to the greens. It’s good to be in contention and I’m glad that I could play my way into the lead today,” he said.

The 25-year-old has experienced a rich vein of form this season and capped off nine top-20 results with a victory at the Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open in April.

“I don’t know I drank in the water at the beginning of 2015, but my whole life has turned around, let alone my golf. I’m certainly a lot calmer than I used to be on the course, and that helps,” he said.

On Saturday in Swaziland he made one bogey in an otherwise flawless round of 65. At the close of day two he was 16-under-par and one shot clear of nearest rival Jared Harvey.

Burmester birdied two of his final three holes to move into pole position ahead of the cut to the leading 50 players and those tied on the number. A big Sunday awaits and he’ll look to secure a fourth Sunshine Tour title.

“It’s nice to be in there with a shout once again. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully it works my way. I’ll bank on what I’ve done over the last few days and hopefully do the same again,” he said.

Harvey began the day on 10-under-par after shooting 62 in the first round. On Saturday he carded 67 and achieved the rare feat of following of up a low round with another one.

“If you look at the history, guys who go extremely low tend to stagnate the next day, so I was very pleased to shoot five-under and be right up there going into the final round,” he said.

The Durbanite heads into Sunday one shot off the pace and ready to break into the Sunshine Tour winners’ circle.

“You’ve got to back yourself. I don’t enter to not win, so I’ll fight it out tomorrow and see what happens,” he said.

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