Christiaan Bezuidenhout is under no illusions about what it will take to catch a flying Dean Burmester in the final round of the R1.5-million Eye of Africa PGA Championship. Source : Sunshine Tour
The 22-year-old might be in his second year on the Sunshine Tour, but he’s still in his rookie season – and he goes head-to-head with the experienced Burmester with a three-shot deficit to make up.
“Dean has been playing well this last year-and-a-half or so,” said Bezuidenhout. “He’s on a high at the moment, and playing well. I’ll just try to put early pressure on him with a couple of early birdies. But you never know on this course. The holes coming down the stretch are tough. You have to hit the fairways, so anything can happen right up until the end, so I’ll just hang in there.”
During the second round, there were plenty of birdies made in the opening four holes, and the first nine of the Eye of Africa course certainly played easier than the closing nine. “There are birdie opportunities in the early holes – at least two in the first four holes will do,” said Bezuidenhout. “Other than that, I’ll just play. There are lots of birdie opportunities out here if you hit it in the right places off the tees. But if you don’t, you’re going to get punished.”
His third round of four-under-par 68 put him in contention, and he was pleased enough with that performance. “It wasn’t easy with the wind blowing,” he said after his round. “All the tough holes were playing into the wind. I just kept my head down. I made a few putts, made a couple of great saves on 15 and 16. But overall, I just played solid golf and gave myself loads of chances.”
There is going to have to be a lot of that if he’s to chase down Burmester.