• Burmester starts brilliantly

    Dean Burmester
    Dean Burmester

    Dean Burmester got off to a brilliant start at the Italian Open on Thursday, shooting an opening-round 64 to get his weekend going.

    The South African set soaring his ambitions of securing a second European Tour title by grinding out a bogey-free display to begin the event with.

    Burmester started on the 10th tee and opened his account with six birdies, five of which came in his first nine holes, before rolling in a solid eagle on the 6th hole to grab a share of second spot.

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    Denmark’s Joachim Hansen will head into the Friday’s second round alongside Burmester on eight under par as they try to chase down England’s Laurie Canter, who blew the rest of the field away on Thursday with an emphatic 12-under-par 60.

    The Englishman was effortless in his performance and even had a few chances that could’ve seen him break 60 at the end of the day.

    Canter will take the four-shot lead into the second round with the hope of building an even bigger lead before the weekend’s action.

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    Bryce Easton and Louis de Jager, who have been paired together for the first two rounds in Italy, also made a steady start to their campaign by going four under for the day with respective rounds of 68.

    Justin Walters ended the day a further two strokes behind them, while Wilco Nienaber opened with a one-over-par 73 and JC Ritchie with a three-over 75.


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