The 27-year-old, who entered the tournament without European Tour playing privileges, snatched a three-shot victory over a talented field.

"It's gone strength to strength and now I'm a European Tour winner and that sounds great," Burmester said.

Burmester became the third consecutive South African to win the event – following in the footsteps of Charl Schwartzel and George Coetzee – and had plenty of local support on his side.


“Everyone who supported me said 'we're coming up next week so you better win in front of us' and I'm glad to have done that,” Burmester said.

Victoria's Ben Eccles had his second European Tour top-10 at the Tshwane Open. PHOTO: Warren Little/Getty Images.

Scotland’s Scott Jamieson, the 54-hole leader, had a disastrous final round seven over 78, which saw him slump to a tie for 22nd.

Victorian Ben Eccles, who was an alternate starter for the event, was impressive and finished in a tie for 9th. The 22-year-old shot a seven under 64 in the third round, which helped him claim his second top-10 European Tour finish.