Dean Burmester gave his campaign for a PGA Tour card a great boost on Saturday with a six-under-par 65 in the third round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open.
His eagle, five birdies and a bogey saw him climb 21 places on the leaderboard into a share of 13th at 13-under for the tournament. He was seven shots behind the leader Philip Knowles of the United States, who has led from the start and carded a three-under 68 in the third round. Knowles leads by two from countryman Taylor Montgomery, who has already earned his card by finishing inside the top 25 in regular-season play on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Burmester is projected to finish in a share of 10th at this stage on the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals Eligibility Points List. 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.
Up ahead of Burmester, Daffue raced to the low round of the day with an eight-under 63 taking him to 15-under for the tournament, and a share of sixth, five strokes off the lead. Daffue started with three successive birdies from the first, and picked up two more on the fifth and the sixth. He made bogey on nine, but made four more birdies on the homeward nine. He is seeking a good finish in the three-tournament finals series on the Korn Ferry Tour to boost his eligibility ranking ahead of his debut season on the PGA Tour.
Burmester’s accuracy into the greens improved markedly in his third round as he hit 14 of the 18 greens, and his putting has been solid all week. He started with a birdie on the first, and then his distance off the tee saw him reach the green on the par-five second in two for his eagle. His bogey on four came from a three-putt on the par-three, but all his remaining four birdies came from accuracy into the greens.
The other South African in the field is Dawie van der Walt, who is seeking to regain his PGA Tour card. He carded a four-under 67 in the third round to climb into a share of 51st.