Dean Burmester Claims Dominant Tenerife Open Victory

Dean Burmester Claims Dominant Tenerife Open Victory

Dean Burmester
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Dean Burmester produced a fantastic final round 62 to claim the Tenerife Open by five shots.

Dean Burmester Claims Dominant Tenerife Open Victory

The South African started the day just one shot back from overnight leaders Kalle Samooja and Nicolai von Dellingshausen, but a blemish free round of nine birdies and nine pars secured a five shot victory.

Burmester, who hadn't won on the European Tour since the 2017 Tshwane Open, will now move into the top-20 of the Race to Dubai rankings.

Dean Burmester

Burmester becomes the fourth South African to win on the European Tour this season. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

The 31-year-old started his round well, with back-to-back birdies at the first and second hole keeping him in contention.

Further birdies followed at the fifth and sixth, with a third consecutive birdie at the seventh moving him into the outright lead.

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Making the turn in 30, Burmester's nearest challenger, Samooja, was only one shot back as the pair headed into the back nine.

However, Samooja would make a costly bogey at the par-4 10th, and with that, Burmester would pounce, making birdie at the 11th, 13th and 15th to extend his lead to five shots with three holes to go.

With two pars at the 16th and 17th, the South African would birdie the 18th to secure an impressive five shot victory, with von Dellingshausen eagling the last hole to seal outright second.

Von Dellingshausen eagled the last hole to secure outright second. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Speaking after his round, the South African said: "There's no words that can describe this, it's been four years of struggle and hard work. Jason (Burmester's caddie) and I have been together for two years and this is his first victory, he deserves it so much, we've been through thick and thin.

"The shot on 12 is something that I grew up practicing, growing up I would hit shots out of trees and around gardens and to see it finish pin high, I just thought come on, let's keep it going.

"I'm so excited to now go home and see my family. Because of Covid I wasn't to sure when I was able to see them so this is super emotional and I'm so excited to get home now."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x