Dean seizes initiative in Cape Town Open

Dean Burmester cut out the mistakes on the par-fives in the second round of the R2-million Lion of Africa Cape Town Open on Friday and played his way to an early one-stroke lead.

He led Jaco van Zyl on a total of six-under-par 138 ahead of the cut after he signed for a five-under-par 67 at Royal Cape Golf Club. Van Zyl carded an even-par 72 for his second round.

“I tried not to make mistakes on the par-fives, like I did yesterday,” said Burmester. “I played the par-threes well today. I think I played them in two-under, and I think that’s a factor on this golf course.”

The players were greeted by a gentle breeze as opposed to the stiff winds which made scoring difficult in the opening round, but only a few players took advantage of the benign conditions.

“There was less wind today which made it a lot better,” said Burmester, “and it was much easier to score out there today than it was yesterday.”

Despite that, only eight other players joined Burmester in dipping under 70. “They’ve tucked a lot of the pins away,” said Burmester by way of explanation. “You’ve got to play safe on a lot of holes because you could easily short-side yourself.

“Other than that, the greens are running well, the fairways are good, the rough is fairly long, but it’s not too bad. A low score is definitely out there, though,” he added.

Hennie Otto and Peter Karmis were the only two to trump Burmester’s round with a pair of 66s, while Ryan Cairns signed for a four-under-par 68 to move into third place in the clubhouse.

Otto’s 66 gave him a share of fourth, three strokes behind Burmester, while Karmis found himself a further three strokes back on level-par for the tournament.

For Burmester, it’s about doing more of the same over the weekend after he has been in contention a couple of times this year and been unable to close the deal. “I’ve learnt a lot,” he said hopefully, “and the flat stick is warming up.”

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