Norris produces stunning comeback to clinch maiden DP World Tour title

By Sports Desk March 20, 2022

Shaun Norris overcame fellow South African Dean Burmester to clinch the Steyn City Championship title.

Norris ultimately won his first DP World Tour (or European Tour) title by three shots, though he had to come from behind to do so.

Having seen the four-shot lead he held overnight reduced by a poor start, which included two bogeys on the front nine, Norris dropped two strokes back as Burmester rallied with two birdies and an eagle.

Yet Norris was in no mood to let the opportunity of winning the first title of the new event slip from his grasp and he birdied three of the next six holes to haul himself level at the top of the leaderboard.

That pressure told as Burmester hit a double bogey on the 17th, after Norris had birdied, and a composed par on the final hole sealed a closing round of 70 for the champion, who finished the week on 25 under par.

"I don't think words can describe how I feel right now," said Norris, who shared his victory with his family on the 18th green.

"It's been a tough journey and having my brother on the bag, my wife here, my little girl. Splendid. It's absolutely beautiful doing this in front of my home crowd and in front of my family."

Norris' nine previous professional wins had come on the Japan Tour, Sunshine Tour and the Asian Tour.

Burmester was three clear of compatriot Oliver Bekker and Germany's Matti Schmid, who were tied for third on 19 under.

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