The DP World Tour new era begins this week with the Joburg Open when qualifying spots for The 150th Open will also be available.
This week’s event at Randpark’s Firethorn Course is the first of the new DP World Tour season, which is co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour, and Dean Burmester is the home favourite after winning on both tours in 2021.
Burmester, who won the South African PGA Championship earlier this month, returns to Johannesburg after a tie for sixth place at the DP World Tour Championship last week, and the world No. 76 is hoping for further success on home territory.
Burmester said, “I never enter an event if I don’t think I can win it.” “It’s been a terrific year, and hopefully it will continue, and I’ll be able to maintain this level of performance.”
“I’m working hard because I just want to provide a good life for my family through my golf profession.” If I can maintain any of my current forms, I’m confident that I’ll be able to compete in not just one, but several events.”
Burmester is one of just four players in the competition who has already secured a spot at The Open next July, with fellow Americans Dylan Frittelli, Justin Harding, and Shaun Norris being exempt.
This week’s event is the first in The Open Qualifying Series, which means the top three players who finish in the top 10 and ties this week – if they aren’t already exempt – will win a spot in the year’s final men’s major.
In the next weeks, the remaining events that will make up the 2022 Open Qualifying Series will be announced, with a minimum of 46 spots available through those tournaments. The Joburg Open is the first of three South African events that will kick off the DP World Tour season.
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