Dominant Dean wins fourth of 2015

2015 Vodacom Origins of Golf at Koro Creek: Day 3On Saturday Dean Burmester roared to his fourth win of the year with a five-shot victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Koro Creek Golf Estate.

“I can’t really put it into words,” he said. “To be standing here with four wins and leading the Chase to the Investec Cup is difficult to get my head around.”

The 26-year-old’s pure ball striking led to plenty of birdie opportunities, which he converted into a final round of 67. The decisive moment on Saturday was his birdie at the par-four 13th, which signalled the start of his march to the trophy.

“My iron play was pretty good today and I found myself hitting a lot of them close. I controlled my ball flight well and got a lot of yardages right, so I was really happy with that.

“It became a two-shot game with nine holes to go, so I needed to make a couple of good birdies coming in. That birdie at the 13th sort-of got me going,” he said.

By the end of the 54-hole tournament he was 19-under-par and claimed the lion’s share of the R700,000 prize fund with a five-shot win over Vaughn Groenewald.

“I was a little nervy when I woke up this morning, but luckily I’ve won a couple this year and it played into my good favour. Every win is special, there’s no feeling like it,” he said.

“It’s been a special year,” he added. “I got married last November, settled down with the wife, and we had our first child. My family moved back to South Africa a couple of years ago, so they’re a phone call away, and I had my dad on the bag this week, so the support has been endless.”

The win also gave Burmester 130 points in the Chase to the Investec Cup, which put him even further ahead in the standings.

“That’s a pretty special event and I’ve been lucky enough to play two of the three years. An Investec Brand Ambassador hasn’t won the tournament, so I hope to keep pushing on and maintain this form through the co-sanctioned events of summer and give myself a real chance,” he said.

The future certainly looked bright for Burmester, whose next stop is in the Mediterranean.

“We’ve got two weeks in Spain for European Tour Qualifying School and then we’ll come back for the Alfred Dunhill Championship and continue to play through the co-sanctioned tournaments. Between those two platforms I’m looking to earn my European card,” he said.

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