Dean Burmester’s second European Tour victory this past weekend came as somewhat a relief for the 31-year-old South African.
Four years after winning the Tswane Open, his maiden Tour win, Burmester had on many occasions come close to making the statement many players strive for – winning on the European Tour in Europe.
Last year George Coetzee finally managed that feat and this past Sunday it was Burmester’s turn to add his name to ever-increasing list of South African winners on the European continent.
A final-round spectacle saw Burmester home with an impressive five-shot win at the Tenerife Open, making it back-to-back South African victories on the ‘Spanish Swing’.
‘There’s no words that can describe it,’ Burmester said after the round on Sunday.
‘It’s four years of struggle, hard work. You know, my caddie and I have been together for three years. He’s never won. This is his first one, and he deserves it – he’s been with me through thick and thin. It starts at home – family and everyone there. And then coaches, the whole team. It’s incredible.’
Burmester’s dominance in the final round had him sign off with a magnificent bogey-free round of 62, putting clear daylight between him and the rest of the field.
A quick start on the front nine was backed up by composure and calmness after the turn as he came home with real class to seal the win.
‘If you’re not nervous standing on the first tee before the final round and you’re in one of the final groups, there’s something wrong with you. But a good putt for birdie on the first settled me. Then I hit a lovely shot into the second as well. From there, it was really all about trying to give myself 18 birdie chances. I knew someone was going to go low. It just happened to be me today,’ he added.