The conditions were fantastic during the first round of the Sun City Challenge and Dean Burmester took full advantage as he carded a four-under-par 68 at Lost City Golf Course and began the hunt for his second career win.
“You come to events wanting to win, once you’ve tasted it you want it every time. This would be a good week to do it, I’ve always played well here and I’m looking forward to the last two rounds,” he said.
The 25-year-old broke through with a victory at the Polokwane Classic in 2013, but his 2014 season has been quiet. One crucial change has been made – Burmester has paired himself with legendary caddie Zack Rasego.
“Having Zack on the bag has made a world of difference. His knowledge is unbelievable and it’s helping to make me more consistent in the long run. He has a lot of stories to tell, stories of Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, which helps me to crack on and keep going,” he said.
An opening 68 at Sun City has moved the Schoeman Park Golf Club member into a four-way tie for second place, two shots behind Gert Myburgh’s lead.
“I putted well today and that makes the difference,” said Burmester. “I haven’t had too much go my way this year – when I’ve played well I haven’t scored well – making cuts but not featuring.
“Today was good. We started well and built on it and kept it solid, so I was happy. This would be a good time to do something, to build up to the summer and crack it at the end of the year.”
Myburgh's game clicked at the 6,387-metre track on Wednesday and carded an impressive six-under-par 66. The Kempton Park local has been waiting for the hard work to pay off, which happened when he claimed the sole lead during the first round.
“I’ve felt ready for the last six months, but my iron play was letting me down. Now that it’s all come together I definitely think something is going to happen,” he said.
Joining Burmester on four-under were Lindani Ndwandwe, Tyrone Ryan and Haydn Porteous. Louis de Jager, PH McIntyre and defending champ Adilson Da Silva took up sixth place on three-under.