Zimbabwe-born golfer Dean Burmester in the hunt at PGA Championship

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Dean Burmester

Zimbabwe-born South African golfer Dean Burmester continued his strong play at the PGA Championship with a three-under 68 in round three for ninth place at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, USA, on Saturday.

Burmester’s 11-under total is four off the lead held by Americans  Xander Schauffele and Collin Morikawa.

Another American star Sahith Theegala is third on 14-under, while Shane Lowry, Bryson DeChambeau and Viktor Hovland are all tied for fourth on 13-under.

A shot ahead of Burmester in seventh are Justin Rose and Robert MacIntyre.

If Burmester pulls off something spectacular on Sunday, it will break the major drought for South African men’s players dating back to 2012, when Ernie Els won The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

With play delayed on Friday, Burmester was left with two holes in his second round on Saturday. A par on 17 was the result when Burmester resumed, before a spectacular eagle three to close his round. There Burmester struck his 209-metre second shot to within a few feet of the hole, which he tapped in to sign for a six-under 65.

Starting out his third round, three pars were followed by birdies at the fourth and fifth holes. Staying bogey-free, the LIV Golf player Burmester made the turn in two-under.

A birdie at the par five 10th meant Burmester moved to three-under for his round, and though he would go on to drop two shots on the way in – he offset those drops with two more birdies.

Dean Burmerster, who was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe is the son of former Zimbabwe international cricketer Mark Burmester, who played in three Test matches and eight One Day Internationals between 1992 and 1995.

Mark played in Zimbabwe’s inaugural Test, opening the bowling he became the first Zimbabwean to take a Test wicket.

Dean’s mother Michelle also represented Zimbabwe as an amateur golfer.

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