Burmester pow­ers into Royal Swazi lead

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT -

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.

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