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Dean Burmester rises as toast of Tenerife

Dean Burmester wins 2021 Tenerife Open
Dean Burmester welcomes a post-round dousing after his 9-under 62 on Sunday produces a 5-stroke victory at the European Tour's Tenerife Open in Spain's Canary Islands.

South African shoots 9-under 62 for runaway victory at European Tour’s Tenerife Open, which merits quick dousing and trip home

Dean Burmester, dripping wet from a celebratory post-round champagne-and-water shower on the 18th green Sunday in the Canary Islands, reveled in a career-reviving victory Sunday at the European Tour’s Tenerife Open.

“It’s four years of struggle, hard work,” said Burmester, who shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 to post a runaway five-stroke victory at Golf Costa Adeje in the Spanish archipelago off the northwest African coast. “Jason [Reynolds, Burmester’s caddie] and I have been together two years. He’s never won; it's his first one, and he deserves it. He's been with me through thick and thin.”

Trailing by one stroke entering the final round, Burmester birdied the first two holes, then ran off three birdies in a row, on Nos. 5-7, to surge in front. He added four birdies on the homeward nine, including a tap-in 4 at the closing par-5 18th, to add an exclamation point to what he called a “super emotional” moment.

Burmester, 31, won for the second time on the European Tour, ending a four-year winless streak. His previous victory came at the 2017 Tshwane Open, an event co-sanctioned by the European and Sunshine tours. Burmester, a native of Zimbabwe who resides in South Africa, has won six other titles on his home Sunshine Tour.

Burmester had logged an inconsistent 2021 before his victory on Tenerife. A T-38 result in the previous week’s Gran Canaria Lopesan Open followed consecutive missed cuts in Austria and Kenya. In the first of two consecutive starts in Kenya, though, he tied for eighth at the Magical Kenya Open, his first top-10 since December.

Now, with a two-year exemption that comes with the victory, Burmester can take more control over his schedule, starting with a trip home. “I can go home and see my family,” he said. “I’m so excited. With COVID and everything, I didn't know when I was going to go home possibly, so this is super emotional.”

Germany’s Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, a 54-hole co-leader, eagled the par-5 18th hole for a 3-under 68 and solo second at 20-under 264. Poland’s Adrian Meronk (67) and Finland’s Kalle Samooja (69), the other 54-hole co-leader, tied for third at 19-under 265. (For scores, click here.)

American John Catlin, who won the Austrian Open two weeks ago for his third victory in eight months, shot 4-under 67 for an 18-under 266 total and solo fifth place. Last week, Catlin was granted an exemption into the PGA Championship on May 20-23 at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course in South Carolina.

Burmester is the second consecutive South African to win on the European Tour, after Garrick Higgo, the champion of the previous week’s Gran Canaria Lopesan Open. South Africans have won four of the nine purely European Tour events this year, excluding the Masters and WGC tournaments.

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