EUROPEAN TOUR

Disappointing end for Caldwell as Burmester wins Tenerife Open by five shots

By Murphy/Euro Tour  

Jonathan Caldwell.  Photo by Golffile

Jonathan Caldwell carded a final round three over par 74, to finish 15 shots behind runaway leader Dean Burmester of South Africa at the Tenerife Open.

The Clandeboye golfer had been in contention at the start of the day but three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5 3rd saw him slide down the leaderboard and into a tie for 42nd place.

Nial Kearney recovered from yesterday's one over par 72, to shoot a three under par 68 and finished in a tie for 56th Place.

Burmester claimed his first win in just over four years with a bogey free closing 62.

The South African entered the day at Golf Costa Adeje one off the lead but hit the front on the seventh and never looked back, moving to 25 under and holding off the challenge of Nicolai Von Dellingshausen, Adrian Meronk and Kalle Samooja.

Meronk carded a 67 and Samooja a 69 to supply the main threat throughout the day and both finished at 19 under before overnight leader Von Dellingshausen eagled the last in a 68 to leapfrog them into second.

Burmester's win at the co-sanctioned Tshwane Open in 2017 was his first on the European Tour and seventh on the Sunshine Tour, but he had not claimed a worldwide victory since.

The victory is the fourth in the last seven events by a South African and follows Garrick Higgo's triumph just seven days ago at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.

Higgo was among a huge South African contingent waiting for Burmester as he strolled up the 18th and the popular 31-year-old was sprayed with champagne after claiming his first win outside of his home continent.

"It's four years of struggle, hard work," he said. "Jason (Reynolds, caddie) and I have been together two years - he's never won, it's his first one and he deserves it, he's been with me through thick and thin.

"I can go home and see my family, I'm so excited. With Covid and everything I didn't know when I was going to go home possibly so this is super emotional."

All three members of the final group took advantage of the par five first and Burmester followed it up with a tee shot to four feet at the second to join the lead, while Von Dellingshausen dropped back after missing the green.

Samooja was the solo leader as he and Von Dellingshausen birdied the third despite poor tee shots before Burmester missed a short putt for birdie on the fourth.

The leader put the pressure on as he holed from 19 feet at the par three fifth but Burmester followed him in from a third of that distance, holed a 15 footer on the next and put another tee shot inside ten feet on the par three seventh to hit the front on his own.

Samooja failed to get up and down on the eighth but the lead was soon back to to one as he put an approach to 11 feet at the ninth, with Burmester making a smart two putt to save par.

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Dean Burmester. Photo by Golffile

Burmester then produced an excellent up-and-down after going long and left at the par five 11th and the lead was up to three shots.

The gap was cut to two and the man to do it was Meronk, who was making a steady move through the field.

After taking advantage of the third, he sandwiched a 30 footer at the seventh with smart approaches to the sixth and ninth to turn in 31.

A two putt at the 13th had him as the closest challenger but Burmester got up and down at the par five to re-establish his cushion.

An approach to four feet at the 15th brought Burmester another birdie and with Meronk dropping a shot ahead on the 16th after finding sand off the tee, the lead was five with three to play.

Von Dellingshausen briefly cut it to four with an eagle from the fringe at the last after bogeying the eighth and birdieing the 11th, but Burmester birdied the 18th to seal an emphatic triumph.

American John Catlin finished at 18 under, a shot clear of South Korean Yikeun Chang and Spaniard Pedro Oriol and two ahead of Higgo, home favourites Adri Arnaus and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, and Australian Scott Hend.

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