Dean Burmester returned to finish his second round of the Eye of Africa PGA Championship on Saturday morning and he completed his sixth consecutive sub-70 round on the course to move into second place for the tournament.
He completed his homeward nine – from one to nine, after he had started round two on the 10th – in five-under-par 31, and he will start the third round on 11-under-par, two behind the leader, Justin Hicks of the United States.
‘We had perfect weather this morning,’ he said after play was suspended because of late afternoon thunderstorms. ‘There was a difficult breeze yesterday, so I was quite happy to get off the course. It was a bit of a frustrating day for me yesterday, but I managed to finish on a high yesterday with a birdie on one and birdie on two. I left myself a short par putt on three before I came back this morning and I just kept the ball rolling.’
He made further birdies on four, eight and nine to set himself up perfectly to take advantage of some great momentum for the third round.
‘I just didn’t feel comfortable yesterday,’ he said. ‘I think everybody gets those days. I think you wake up and it’s just not quite the same as the day before. You end up trying to push and you struggle your way around a little bit. Luckily I woke up in the right place this morning.’
Burmester was one shot clear of MJ Viljoen, who was in third on 10-under, while Daniel Greene and Christiaan Bezuidenhout shared fourth on nine-under.