Burmester powers into Royal Swazi lead
DEAN Burmester took advice from his sponsor and made a brilliant eagle on the fifth hole at the Royal Swazi Spa Country Club in Mbabane yesterday on his way to a superb eight-under-par 64 and the third-round lead of the Investec Royal Swazi Open.
Burmester made two eagles, seven birdies, a bogey and a double for 20 points and a three-point lead over defending champion Peter Karmis heading into the final round.
“On five, Sam Hackner, of Investec, on day one asked me what I was doing when I pulled out a two-iron,” he said.
“My normal plan is to hit a two-iron and a six-iron on the green for a safe birdie.
“He told me to hammer the driver over the trees. I thought about it and decided to do it. And since then, I’ve gone birdie-birdie-eagle!”
Burmester started his round on the 10th, and made his intentions clear from the start as he eased a high cut with a three-wood onto the green on the par-four hole.
“I hit the green on my first hole, the 10th, lipped out for eagle, but made birdie and that kind of set the tone for the whole day,” he said.
Karmis, who once shot a 59 around the course, was flawless in his own eight-under 64, which was worth 17 points and puts him nicely within range of the flying Burmester.
He made six birdies and an eagle – the eagle ironically coming on the 17th, where he lipped out for eagle on his way to that 59 in 2009.
For Burmester, the aggressive approach was what gave him the edge.