Dean Burmester gains a one-stroke lead over Andy Sullivan and Thomas Detry

Shubhankar Sharma shot a second 68 settling in the mid-section of the European Masters leaderboard. Burmester shot 65, Sullivan 66 and Detry made 65

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28 August 2021: Dean Burmester holds a one shot lead going into the weekend at the Omega European Masters after adding a bogey free round of 65 to his opening 64. Shubhankar Sharma started with a pair of birdies, but with just five holes left to play, he found himself back at even par with the course. He produced a couple of late birdies to ensure that he closed the day with another 68. SSP Chawrasia fell out of the weekend rounds, battling again to a colourful 71 in an up and down round.

Burmester, a two-time European Tour winner, got to 11 under par at Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, edging ahead of England’s Andy Sullivan and Thomas Detry of Belgium, as he goes in search of his second win of the season following his Tenerife Open triumph.

“I’ve played well both days, today I was just solid. Didn’t get off to the best of starts, but holed a nice ten footer on one for par. You need those momentum ones, that just set the tone for the day. Putted beautifully again today. The greens were a little trickier this afternoon, I think it will be more of the same on the weekend. I’m very happy with today,” said Burmester.

“I’ve got a great team behind me and everyone helping me out. My trainer gave me a book “The Art of Impossible”, I’ve been listening to the audiobook every day. Started two weeks ago and kept it going, I played nicely last week and the form has continued.

“Everyone goes through those purple patches. I did (in 2015), but I wasn’t necessarily ready to come out here (to the European Tour) and win. The next year I managed to do it, and it took me a few years to get used to and get comfortable out here. I’ve had my ups and downs, a couple of years really stressing about keeping my card. To come back and keep that stress off hopefully I can continue the form.”

The South African notched up six victories on the Sunshine Tour before securing his first European Tour trophy at the co-sanctioned Tshwane Open in 2017, and he has more silverware in his sights after recording four top tens this season in addition to his win in the Canary Islands in May.

“He is doing a great job (caddie Tom Ridley) and I’m doing my best to follow his instructions. It’s just different now how I would see it, in the past I would be a lot more aggressive with more recoveries, but putting it into the right areas has given us a lot of chances. It has been easy pars, which round here is a luxury. It can be a dogfight out there sometimes trying to get it up and down around the greens – it’s really tough. Just being smart and diligent with our start lines and finish lines and it seems to be working,” said Sullivan.

“It was a lot different today. The wind was up a little bit more, and changing a bit out there. It was pretty difficult to be fair. Coming in we thought we would have a few more chances, but actually where pins were situated it was quite tough. Was quite happy with that.

“I’ll just keep doing what Tom says and try my best to pull it off. It’s been working so far, just need to stick to our game plan and we’ll see where it ends up.”

Italian Renato Paratore is in fourth at nine under par after his round of 66, while English pair Matthew Jordan and Ross McGowan are joined at eight under par by Spain’s Jorge Campillo and Justin Harding of South Africa.

 

Round Two Scores

129 D BURMESTER (RSA) 64 65,
130 A SULLIVAN (ENG) 64 66, T DETRY (BEL) 65 65,
131 R PARATORE (ITA) 65 66,
132 J CAMPILLO (ESP) 68 64, J HARDING (RSA) 66 66, R MCGOWAN (ENG) 68 64, M JORDAN (ENG) 67 65,
133 J CATLIN (USA) 68 65, S SODERBERG (SWE) 66 67, M LEE (AUS) 66 67, J DONALDSON (WAL) 67 66, R SCIOT-SIEGRIST (FRA) 63 70,
134 A JOHNSTON (ENG) 68 66, J MORRISON (ENG) 60 74, R H?JGAARD (DEN) 68 66, S JAMIESON (SCO) 67 67, B WIESBERGER (AUT) 67 67, M SIEM (GER) 66 68,
135 B HEBERT (FRA) 67 68, H STENSON (SWE) 71 64,
136 M ARMITAGE (ENG) 63 73, F MOLINARI (ITA) 72 64, V PEREZ (FRA) 68 68, S CROCKER (USA) 71 65, A BJ?RK (SWE) 67 69, S SHARMA (IND) 68 68, S KJELDSEN (DEN) 72 64, M JIM?NEZ (ESP) 69 67, D VAN TONDER (RSA) 66 70, D FICHARDT (RSA) 66 70,
137 J SURI (USA) 72 65, M KAYMER (GER) 68 69, W BESSELING (NED) 71 66, A LEVY (FRA) 69 68, L SLATTERY (ENG) 70 67, J GONNET (FRA) 67 70, Y CHANG (KOR) 69 68, B MACPHERSON (AUS) 69 68, M ANTCLIFF (AUS) 69 68, F ZANOTTI (PAR) 68 69, G MIGLIOZZI (ITA) 67 70, J WINTHER (DEN) 70 67, M KORHONEN (FIN) 71 66, A SADDIER (FRA) 68 69,
138 R MCEVOY (ENG) 70 68, W ORMSBY (AUS) 69 69, N ELVIRA (ESP) 69 69, C HILL (SCO) 68 70, J CALDWELL (NIR) 70 68, M KINHULT (SWE) 70 68, M KAWAMURA (JPN) 67 71, R KLEU (AM) (SUI) 68 70, H LEON (CHI) 70 68, N BERTASIO (ITA) 69 69, A CHESTERS (ENG) 67 71, P PETERSON (USA) 65 73, R KARLBERG (SWE) 67 71, R ROUSSEL (FRA) 68 70,
139 R DE SOUSA (SUI) 73 66, A ROZNER (FRA) 69 70, L BJERREGAARD (DEN) 69 70, A PAVAN (ITA) 68 71, G GREEN (MAS) 74 65, P BOVARI (AM) (ITA) 65 74, C PIGEM (ESP) 70 69, N COLSAERTS (BEL) 65 74, R SABBATINI (SVK) 67 72, J JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 68 71, J GUERRIER (FRA) 65 74, O WILSON (ENG) 70 69, K MOON (KOR) 67 72, A MERONK (POL) 70 69,

Cut line

140 G COETZEE (RSA) 70 70, T PIETERS (BEL) 70 70, R LANGASQUE (FRA) 70 70, A OTAEGUI (ESP) 68 72, A COCKERILL (CAN) 71 69, R SANTOS (POR) 69 71, G STORM (ENG) 72 68, L VAN MEIJEL (NED) 70 70, A CA?IZARES (ESP) 70 70, J HANSEN (DEN) 69 71, J WALTERS (RSA) 69 71, V DUBUISSON (FRA) 68 72, S BROWN (ENG) 72 68
141 S HEND (AUS) 70 71, R RAMSAY (SCO) 69 72, C SORDET (FRA) 69 72, W NIENABER (RSA) 72 69, D HORSEY (ENG) 68 73, R BLAND (ENG) 69 72, J STALTER (FRA) 71 70, J MCLEOD (AUS) 66 75, C SHARVIN (NIR) 73 68,
142 M LORENZO-VERA (FRA) 70 72, B STONE (RSA) 73 69, G FORREST (SCO) 75 67, N LEMKE (SWE) 71 71, S CHAWRASIA (IND) 71 71, M PAVON (FRA) 70 72, J VEERMAN (USA) 68 74, D HOWELL (ENG) 70 72, D GAVINS (ENG) 69 73, E PEPPERELL (ENG) 71 71, R LESTER (IRL) 68 74, D VAN DRIEL (NED) 67 75, S HEISELE (GER) 69 73,