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Dean Burmester Overhauls Thriston Lawrence to win Joburg Open

Dean Burmester Overhauls Thriston Lawrence to win Joburg Open

Dean Burmester surpassed a faltering Thriston Lawrence to secure a third career DP World Tour win with a three-shot victory in the Joburg Open.

Starting the final round three shots behind his compatriot, the 34-year-old South African capitalized on Lawrence’s nightmare start at the Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg.

Lawrence dropped shots on the third and fifth as well as hit a double-bogey which meant he fell dramatically down the leaderboard, ultimately ending the tournament tied-seventh thanks to a five-over 75.

Burmester took advantage with six birdies in a bogey-free 64 to end the tournament on 18 under.

“It sounds pretty cool to be the Joburg Open champion,” Burmester said. “I’ve been playing this event for so long and to win it is amazing. That was my goal coming home.

“I hadn’t won this year and have been playing well, so to come here and win a tournament in my home country in front of my home fans with some of my family here is very special.

“I knew what was at stake for me. My Sunshine Tour category was running out and the only way I could keep my card and keep supporting the Sunshine Tour was to win.

“That was my goal coming back here. I’m proud of myself, and I’m proud to be the Joburg Open champion.”

England’s Dan Bradbury also hit a final-round 64 to finish in third on a leaderboard that was dominated by South African players with 8 of the top 10 occupied by them.

The next events on the DP World Tour schedule are the ISPS Handa Australian Open and the Investec South African Open Championship both taking place between 30 Nov – 3 December.