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Dean Burmester reflects on successful year as he eyes Joburg Open crown

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South African golfer Dean Burmester (Gallo)
South African golfer Dean Burmester (Gallo)
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  • South African golfer Dean Burmester hopes to continue his scintillating form at Thursday's Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club.
  • Burmester is looking to cap off a stellar year with the new DP World Tour's South African swing.
  • Speaking to Sport24, Burmester looks back and opens up on his season, admitting that it has been his most successful year in his career so far.

South African golfer Dean Burmester hopes to continue his superb form at this week's Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club, which marks the start of the new DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour).

This year, Burmester has been one of South Africa's most consistent golfers, finishing 18th on the 2020/21 Race to Dubai rankings.

In May, Burmester claimed his first win in just over four years when he cruised to the Tenerife Open title in Spain - picking up his second European Tour title.

The 32-year-old ended his 2021 European Tour season with six Top 10 finishes and only missed five cuts in 24 events. Last week, his tied for sixth at the DP World Tour Championship saw him rise to 76th in the world golf rankings.

Speaking to Sport24 on Tuesday, Burmester looks back on his year and says that it's a testament to all the hard work done on and off the course.

"Overall for consistency, I'd say so. I had a season on the Sunshine Tour where I won a lot (2015 - he won four titles). If you look at how I played, how much I've earned and where I am on the world rankings, then it's definitely been a good and successful year in my career," said Burmester.

"It's a testament to a lot of things. I've put a lot of hard work in my golf, improving my golf swing by making it more consistent with my coach Grant Veenstra. In the off-season, I started getting into the gym and training, to get moving and prevent any injuries.

"I'm 32 now, I need to start looking after my body if I want to keep doing this for the next 10 years."

Earlier this month, Burmester returned home for a week to compete in the SA PGA Championship at St Francis Links and roared to victory to clinch his eighth Sunshine Tour title.

Burmester, who played most of the year on the European Tour, says that playing in various conditions worldwide has challenged him.

"It was a great season, I managed to improve on all aspects on my game, which made me feel comfortable. No matter the conditions from the rainy and cold St Andrews to totally different conditions in Joburg," said Burmester, who finished as the best-placed South African in their 2020/21 season.

"That's the testament to the kind of player I'm trying to become. I want to be as consistent as I can to win all around the world."

Star SA golfers Garrick Higgo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout decided to rest during the Joburg Open after playing back-to-back weeks in Dubai, however, Burmester opted to play at Randpark Golf Club this week.

Burmester, who is playing in his fourth consecutive tournament this week, will have no rest with the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship still set in the coming weeks.

"When you're playing well, you want to play and use this form," said Burmester, who is set to play six consecutive weeks.

"The Joburg Open is always a special event for me and it's the first event for the DP World Tour and I felt the need to support the event and be here for Bongi (Mokaba - tournament promotor) and her team, Thomas Abt and supporting the Sunshine Tour and DP World Tour.

"All around, it's a special week off the golf course let alone on so it's a good week to start it off."

Despite the 'bigger' SA Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship still to come, Burmester is still looking for a win in Johannesburg albeit in a more "relaxed" state.

"Physically, I'll go in a bit lighter than I usually would at most events, but I'm still amped for the event. When you enter an event, you want to win it so at the end of the day, I want to try and give myself a chance to win on Sunday. But it'll definitely be an element of rest for sure."

Burmester will tee off in the first group in Thursday's opening round alongside Denmark's Marcus Helligkilde and David Howell at 06:30.

The Sunshine Tour confirmed that a limited number of 2 000 fully vaccinated spectators will be able to attend this week's Joburg Open and the South African Open in Sun City (2-5 December).

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