Scottie, Dean was laughing all the way to the bank


When Scottie Scheffler, the leading golfer in the world rankings, is red hot that day, his flame is not easily extinguished.

On Sunday evening at Albany in the Bahamas, Scheffler won the Hero Golf Challenge, which is part of the American PGA series, by three strokes.

The American, who shot 68 in the third round, finished at 268 (-20) to edge Austria’s Sepp Straka by three shots.

Scheffler earned R18.6 million with his victory after filling in scores of 69, 66, 65 and 68 on his scorecard.

Straka, who shot 64 in the final round, finished at 271 (-17). American Justin Thomas was third at 272 (-16), with England’s Matt Fitzpatrick and American Tony Finau joint fourth at 273.

They were followed by the two Americans Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth on 274 (-14).

The 47-year-old Tiger Woods finished 18th out of 20 players who took part in the tournament.

Woods’ total of 288 strokes was equal to par and he can be very pleased with his performance.

Woods, who last played in the US Masters in April and has since undergone ankle surgery following a serious car accident in 2021, posted scores of 75, 70, 71 and 72 on his scorecard.

* On the Blair Atholl estate in Lanseria, an emotional Dean Burmester won the South African Open by three shots after he also won the Joburg Open on the Houghton course last week.

Burmester, who had never won two tournaments in a row before, shot 68 in the final round to finish at 277 (-11).

His score was three strokes better than that of Renato Paratore of Italy, Jesper Svensson of Sweden and the young South African Ryan van Velzen, who all finished on 280 (-8).

They were followed by Alejandro del Rey (Spain), Frederic Lacroix (France), Matteo Manassero (Italy) and South Africa’s Louis de Jager and Jayden Schaper, who were all tied for fifth on 281 (-7).

Burmester, who went to school at Gray College in Bloemfontein and is a member of the Bloemfontein club, told after his victory how he struggled to keep his head above water at the beginning of his career.

“I was a waiter to earn enough money to play in tournaments. I trained in the mornings and didn’t go home until eleven o’clock at night, dead tired.

“With the sponsorship of Investec (which is also the SA Open’s main sponsor) I got the opportunity to realize my dreams. Six months later I won my first tournament,” Burmester said in his winner’s interview on Sunday afternoon.

Altin van der Merwe won the Freddie Tait trophy as the leading amateur after scoring 74 shots in the final round and finishing on 290, two shots over par.

* Born in Mutare in Zimbabwe, Burmester’s father, Mark, played cricket for Zimbabwe and his mother, Michelle, still holds the course record at the Royal Harare Country Club.

Burmester has been playing with Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace for the Stinger team in the LIV golf series since last year. He earned R143 million in 14 tournaments in this series this year. Together with the Stingers, he gambled away a further R7.7 million.

In last week’s Joburg Open his prize money was R4.42 million and on Sunday he earned a further R4.7 million.

Never again will he have to rely on tips as a waiter…

  • Additional sources: Sunshine Series, National Club Golfer