Dean Burmester takes early lead at Dunhill Championship

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MALELANE, South Africa — Dean BurmesterSix birdies were made on the back nine by the winner of the Alfred Dunhill Championship. He holds a one-shot advantage at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday.

The 33-year-old South African was trying to win his third European tour title. He had managed only two birdies and one bogey at the halfway point of his first round at Leopard creek.

Burmester, ranked 58th, said, What a back 9, some of the most Ive played for a while so Im happy that I can do that.

Lukas NemeczHe is now back one shot after he began his round with three consecutive birdsies. In his 66, the Austrian added four more birdies as well as a bogey.

Deon GermishuysHe joined the ranks of fellow South Africans and eagled 18th-par-5. Darren Fichardt, Branden GraceAnd Jaco AhlersThird place was shared by Frenchman David RavettoTwo strokes off the lead.

Four-time winner Charl Schwartzels number 74 included a quadruple-bogey for the 18th.

The tweet was from the former Masters champion: Took an error on 18 today… was an honest mistake, head was clouded and didn’t think it through. Only realized when I got back home. Lucky for me, rules are a little more relaxed. It used to be DQ, but I got a 2 shot penalty. Tomorrow will be +2.

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