October 18, 2021

Burmester leads by one stroke


Dean Burmester AFP FILE PHOTO

Dean Burmester AFP FILE PHOTO

CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland: Dean Burmester took a one-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters in the Swiss Alps on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with five birdies in a 5-under 65.

The South African enjoyed a superb up-and-down at the 17th to keep his card bogey-free. He is 11-under par overall, a shot ahead of England’s Andy Sullivan (66) and Belgium’s Thomas Detry (65).

Two-time European Tour winner and overnight leader James Morrison had opened with a course-record 10-under 60 at the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre club. But the 36-year-old Englishman dropped into a share of 14th after a second-round 74.

Miguel Ángel Jiménez is making his 31st appearance in the tournament, which was canceled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 57-year-old Jiménez, who won the 2010 edition, is at 4 under. His 67 Friday had highs – an eagle at par-4 seventh – and lows – a double bogey at the par-5 14th.

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