Dean Burmester Wins Joburg Open, Qualifies for 2024 Open at Royal Troon

Dean Bermester Wins 2023 Joburg Open
Dean Bermester poses with the trophy after winning the Joburg Open at Houghton GC on Nov 26, 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker via Getty Images)

South African native Dean Burmester posted a bogey-free 64 on Sunday to claim a three-shot victory over compatriot Darren Fichardtat (64) at the Joburg Open.

Burmester’s final day at Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg featured six birdies en route to an 18-under total.

It was Burmester’s third career title on the DP World Tour and first in over two years – his last coming at the Tenerife Open in 2021.

“I was a little rusty coming in, but my team did such a great job getting me ready for this week … and it paid off,” said Burmester, who played on the LIV Golf tour in 2023. “I knew I had to do something special, and fortunately I was able to do that.”

Englishman Dan Bradbury, the defending champion, finished solo third on 13 under after a final-round 64.

Dean Bermester Wins 2023 Joburg Open
England’s Dan Bradbury and South Africans Dean Bermester and Darren Fichardt pose with Royal Troon flag pins after qualifying for the 2024 Open by finishing in the top 3 at the Joburg Open on Nov 26, 2023 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker via Getty Images)

The top three finishers all qualified for The Open at Royal Troon in July.

Overnight leader Thriston Lawrence plummeted down the leaderboard, finishing T7, after struggling to a final-day 75.

The Joburg Open marked the start of the 2023-24 European tour season, which begins with three consecutive tournaments contested in South Africa, co-sanctioned by the (S.A.) Sunshine Tour.

Associated Press contributed to this recap.



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