Dean Burmester went under par again on Friday in the second round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Albertons Boise Idaho Open, but his two-under-par 69 saw him slip 17 places on the leaderboard into a share of 34th.
That’s significant, because he’s projected to be in 28th place on the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals Eligibility Points List after the tournament, which is the first event of the three-tournament Korn Ferry Tour Finals. The top 25 players from the final list will be added to the 25– including South African MJ Daffue – who have already gained eligibility to the PGA Tour.
Burmester started his round on the 10th hole with a bogey, and he was soon in deeper trouble with a double-bogey six on the 14th. He had to hack his way out of the rough after a wayward drive, taking two shots to get out, and then his approach was only on the fringe of the green. A chip and two putts later, he was three-over through five.
He pulled things back together with birdies on 16 and 18 to turn in one-over, and he got things back into red figures with a run of birdie-eagle-eagle from the 10th. The eagles on 11 and 12 came as a result of hitting the greens on the successive par-fives with his approaches and making the putts.
At that stage he had things at nine-under for the tournament, and, had he stayed there, he would have been in a share of 15th, and projecting to 12th on the points list. But he dropped two more strokes, one each on six and eight. Both were a result of a lack of accuracy off the tee or in to the green. He hit only 10 greens in regulation in his second round, way down on his first-round stats. And while he was straighter off the tee than he was in the first round, he still hit only seven of 14 fairways.
Daffue, who is playing the series in an attempt to improve his eligibility ranking for next year’s PGA Tour, carded a five-under-par 66 to share 34th with Burmester.
The other South African in the field, Dawie van der Walt, made the cut on the number, with his second-round two-under-par 69 taking him to five-under for the tournament and a share of 55th.
Tournament leader Philip Knowles added a seven-under 64 to his opening 61 to race to 17-under and a four-stroke lead over fellow-American Brent Grant and Japan’s Satoshi Kadaira.