Burmester shines on special course to win Zimbabwe Open

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MORGAN PIEK

While Jordan Spieth was breaking records at the 2015 Masters, 25-year-old Bloemfontein golfer, Dean Burmester, won the 2015 Zimbabwe Open in Harare.

The Zimbabwean-born and -raised Burmester used his knowledge of the Royal Harare Golf Club to shoot a six under 66 on Friday to set himself up nicely for a one-shot win over Adilson da Silva of Brazil.

In his five starts this season, Burmester finished no worse than 18th and previously topped off the results with a share of third at the Tshwane Open.

Burmester carded a final round of five under par 67, which included seven birdies and two bogeys to take his tournament tally to 16 under par.

Burmester’s approach shot on the 18th won the title for the player, and he described it as the shot of his life.

"I had to go for the flag and that was the moment that did it for me, that shot," he said.

"I knew I had that putt to win and the hole looked very small. There was a lot of pressure in the air and I told myself to commit as much as I could."

Burmester told Courant that the win is something special at a course which holds a very special place in his heart.

"It was, I’m still ecstatic, still over the moon about it. It’s a very emotional win for me knowing that my family come from there and I was born there. It was an amazing moment and good to have lots of family and friends there to watch," he said.

The player’s mother, Michelle Burmester, happens to hold the course record at the Royal Harare Golf Club and he conceded that it’s great having her around.

"My mom has held that course record since 1991. I think and it hasn’t been beaten yet on the ladies’ side. It’s nice to have her there when I do go to that course to ask for advice and stuff like that. It’s going to be a special thing having both her name and my name up on the board at the clubhouse."

Kimberley-born former Bloemfontein professional Jbé Kruger, who now plays out of Fancourt in George and is the 2014 champion, finished in tenth on 8 under par.