May 3rd, 2021
Burmester crushes the field in Tenerife
South African overpowers Costa Adeje course to grab second tour victory
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The South African began the day in the final group one shot back at Golf Costa Adeje, with eighteen players within five strokes of the lead.
Playing alongside the two third round leaders Kalle Samooja and Nicolai von Dellingshausen, the 31-year-old threw down the gauntlet immediately with a pair of opening birdies.
Crunching the ball a mile off the tee Burmester completed a five-under front nine of 30 to take a one-shot lead as the final group reached the turn. However, the seven-time Sunshine Tour winner was not finished and piled on the pressure with four more birdies on his way home to put distance between him and the chasing pack.
The nine-under-par round of 63 took the South African to twenty-five-under-par, five shots clear of his nearest rival Nicolai Von Dellingshausen of Germany, to seal his first ever victory outside of the African continent.
"There are no words that can describe it, it’s four years of struggle and hard work. Jason my caddie and I have been together two years – he had never won so it’s his first win and he deserves it because he’s been with me through thick and thin. It’s unbelievable, I can’t even describe it," said Burmester.
"I can go home and see my family now, I’m so excited. With COVID and everything I didn’t know when I was going to get home so I’m so excited. This is pretty emotional, I’m very excited to get home."
The win moves Burmester up to 18th in the Race to Dubai Rankings.
Von Dellingshausen of Germany holed a nerveless eagle putt at the final hole to claim the best finish of his European Tour career, outright runner-up on twenty-under-par, while Kalle Samooja of Finland and Poland's Adrian Meronk shared third place on nineteen-under.