“Not too many mistakes today, which is always a good sign going into the pressure of the final round. We’re looking to break 70 tomorrow, I think that’s the key. Breaking 70 three times normally gives you a good shout in these winter events, so that’s the goal,” he said.
It was a steady display of talent from Burmester, who reached a nine-under-par total and put a good cushion between himself and nearest rivals Keith Horne and Tyrone Ryan.
“It’s always nice to shoot two in a row in the 60s,” said Burmester. “I think it’s the first time for me this year. We’ll see what happens this afternoon, but I’m really happy with my performance.”
Lost City Golf Course suits long hitters and Burmester is known to hit it far. His distance off the tee allowed the Schoeman Park Golf Club member to avoid taking driver on most holes, which in turn helped with scoring.
“I don’t hit a lot of drivers and that gives me more opportunity to put it in play. The less club I hit off the tee, the better. I birdied the fourth hole for the first time this week with a nice little left to right putt and I hit good shots from there onward. And then I had a chip-in on the ninth that really got me going for the back nine,” he said.
Burmester's top result of the 2014 season was a tie for 13th at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and he's been looking to turn things around. He’s in form and leads by three ahead of the final round, which indicates that he’s lined up for success this week.
Horne had a steady day and made just one drop on his way to a four-under-par 68. The Alberton local eagled the par-five 18th on his way to second place on a six-under-par total.
Ryan made it a tie for second after carding 70 for the second round. Yesterday he made two eagles during his round, but on Thursday it was a quieter walk around the 6,387-metre track and he pencilled one bogey, three birdies and a handful of pars to share second.