Dean Burmester leader af the Alfred Dunhill

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The Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa started under the sign of Dean Burmester who, in front of his own fans, chases success in the DP World Tour tournament. In Malelane, with a first round in 65 (-7) shots, the result of eight birdies and a bogey, the world number 58 leads the way.

Behind him, the Austrian Lukas Nemecz, 2/o with 66 (-6). Battle for 3rd place shared, with a score of 67 (-5), by five players. Among them is Branden Grace, one of the favorites on the eve and winner of the competition in 2014.

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On the Leopard Creek CC course (par 72), Edoardo Molinari’s race did not start in the best possible way. The only blue in the field, fresh from 9th place at the South African Open, the Turinese is 86th with 73 (+1) after a round with four bogeys and three birdies.

While the South African Thriston Lawrence, winner last week in Johannesburg and best rookie of the DP World Tour 2022, is 17th with 69 (-3). Louis Oosthuizen is instead 31st with 70 (-2). Major champion (he made him The Open in 2010), now plays permanently in LIV Golf, the Arab Super League.

The same score also for Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who defends the title won in 2020 (the event was not played, due to Covid-19, in 2021). South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (in Afrikaans Republiek van Suid-Afrika; in English Republic of South Africa), is an independent state in southern Africa.

It overlooks the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. Its territory occupies the southern tip of Africa and consequently hosts the southernmost geographical point of the continent, Cape Agulhas, which conventionally marks the border line between the two oceans on which the country overlooks.

The land borders are, instead, from west to east, with Namibia (north-west), Botswana and Zimbabwe (north), Mozambique (north-east) and eSwatini (east), while entirely included in its territory is the enclave of Lesotho. Also belonging to South Africa are the Prince Edward Islands, which are located 1770 km southeast of Port Elizabeth, about half the distance between the continent and Antarctica.

It is a culturally and ethnically diverse state: 12 official languages are spoken in it, two of which are of European origin, English, brought there by the British colonists, and Afrikaans, an African evolution of the language of the Dutch colonists of the seventeenth century who they arrived following the discovery of the southern lands by the Portuguese.

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