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Burmester looking for another fast start in Johannesburg

Burmester looking for another fast start in Johannesburg

Dean Burmester is hoping that another fast start can produce another big finish as he looks for a third DP World Tour title on the final day of the 2022 Steyn City Championship.

Dean Burmester

The South African started his third round with four birdies and made it eight in his first 11 as he carded a 66 to sit four shots behind 54-hole leader Shaun Norris at 19 under.

While that may make Norris the favourite as he looks for a first DP World Tour win, Burmester carded a fourth-round 62 as he won the Tenerife Open last season and is hopeful that lightning can strike twice.

"I've said it all week, my game is kind of trending," he said. "It feels like it's going in the right direction.

"To start with four in a row and head on from there and birdie nine, ten, 11 again was good.

"Unfortunately I fell a little bit flat after 12 but a lot to learn and hopefully we can pick up and do something tomorrow.

"I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in. If they do go in tomorrow it'll be a low one but who knows? In this crazy game anything can happen. One sleep and you wake up on a Sunday and it's a different story.

"If I can get off to a good start again tomorrow and get myself within a couple with nine holes to go, who knows what can happen."

Burmester seemed to cut a frustrated figure as he parred his final six holes after bogeying the 12th but the 32-year-old believes that frustration can be to his advantage if he channels it correctly.

"I'm still learning to try and control that," he said. "It's an emotion I have and I'm never going to get rid of it, the more I suppress it the worse it gets. 

"So if I can learn how to control it and just be better at using it rather than letting it hurt me then I'll be a better player."

German Matti Schmid matched the lowest round of his DP World Tour career with a 64 to sit a shot behind Burmester and the reigning Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year was feeling good heading into round four.

"Today was a good day," he said. "It was beautiful, the conditions were absolutely perfect, the course was playing pure and shooting a good score makes it even better.

"My driving has been good all week but I much improved in my iron game from Thursday and that's a big thing - hit some close and make some putts and you'll shoot some good scores.

"I'll try to do the same thing tomorrow, just play my own game and stick to what I've done well so far and we'll see what comes out.

"Shaun is playing some good golf and if he keeps that up it will be tough to catch him."

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