Dean Burmester will hope to keep his end-of-year form going as he returns to South Africa this week for a Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club that marks the start of a new era for the DP World Tour, and with the hosting Sunshine Tour also welcoming back fans to this event.
In May, Burmester claimed his second victory on what was formerly the European Tour and is now the DP World Tour. In the last few weeks he’s won the South African PGA Championship and arrived in Johannesburg fresh off his tied sixth finish in the DP World Tour Championship last weekend.
And he’s determined to keep pushing for another victory before the year ends, especially one on home soil.
“I never enter an event if I don’t think I can win it. “It’s been a fantastic year and hopefully it can continue and I can keep showing this kind of form.
I’m working hard because I just want to give my family a great life thanks to this career in golf that I have”. Burmester has high hopes for these next three weeks in South Africa, including this week’s Joburg Open followed by the South African Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship.
“If I can show any of the form I’m showing now, then hopefully I can contend in not just one event but hopefully a couple of them. But in general, the whole team at the Sunshine Tour, the sponsors and the South African government have done a great job to get these three events to be played.
I know it’s difficult times, and from a player’s perspective we love playing in front of our home crowds and this is another opportunity where we get three chances. I think all the South Africans are excited to come home and give it their best shot and hopefully keep all these trophies in South Africa”.
A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship).
A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.
"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.
" These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.
I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.