Dean Burmester set a course for his fourth Sunshine Tour title of the year when he claimed the second-round lead at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung at Koro Creek Golf Estate on Friday.
“I have no words to describe my season, from the start right up until now. It’s special, isn’t it?” he said. “I was thinking about it on the drive up here. I’ve won three so far and a fourth would seal a fantastic year. I’ve only missed four cuts, including my time in Europe, and with the amount of tournaments I’ve played I really take that to heart.”
The big-hitting Bloemfonteiner shot 66 on Friday to reach 14-under-par after 36 holes, which set him two shots clear of second-placed Vaughn Groenewald.
“My ball striking was good today and I think I hit 16 greens, so that was the pinnacle of the game,” said Burmester. “No bogeys on either day, which helps, along with an eagle and 12 birdies. We’ll have to see what tomorrow brings, because Vaughn is playing just as well as I am, so I’m sure it will be great fun!”
The 26-year-old returned to local shores after a stint in Europe and has hit the ground running.
“When you hit it out of the rough in Europe it’s easy to get flyers and soft lies. I’ve definitely learned about short game and you realise why those guys practice it so much. It’s not easy to hit greens from the rough over there. We’re fortunate over here, because the rough is not as long.
“Coming back and playing well in a tournament at home always boosts you. The top guys like Charl (Schwartzel) and George (Coetzee) say that when they come home and win it helps when you contend abroad. Hopefully I can take some confidence from here to European Tour School, which is my next stop,” he said.