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Brett Rumford

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 7/27/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 163

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Local resident Brett Rumford completed his dominant week at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth in Australia by beating Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the final to claim his sixth European Tour title.
Playing at his home Lake Karrinyup course, Rumford had dominated the 54-hole stroke play portion of the tournament by finishing five shots clear of the field to secure top seeding for Sunday's match play section. As one of the eight seeds, Rumford had a bye in the first round and then overcame Hideto Tanihara (2&1), Wade Ormsby (2nd shootout hole) and Adam Bland (1 hole) on the way to the final. He started the six-hole championship match against Thai teenager Khongwatmai by putting his approach to three feet to earn a concession but lost the second after a poor drive. Rumford holed from 10 feet at 4 to go 1up and sealed victory with a superb tee-shot to two feet at 5. World No. 274 Rumford, who lost his card last year, will have an exemption until the end of the 2018 season after claiming his first win since the 2013 Volvo China Open. "It's amazing, particularly being a new format, the first winner of that," said the 39-year-old. Feb 19 - 4:53 AM

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Brett Rumford painted a 4-under-par 37-31=68 in Saturday's third round of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup to complete the stroke play section at 17-under 274, five shots clear of the field and easily securing top seeding for Sunday's match play.

Two clear overnight, the local man wobbled with an opening bogey at 1 and a double bogey-7 at the 7th after he'd birdied 8. But it proved a temporarily blip as the Aussie showed the form of the first two days with birdies at 9, 10, 13, 15, 16 and 17 to kick clear of the field. A total of 24 players will contest the six-hole match play head-to-heads Sunday with the top eight sealing themselves a bye into the last 16. Jason Scrivener, Austin Connelly, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Blyth, Lucas Herbert and Steven Jeffress finished T2 at 12-under, while Jake Higginbottam secured the final place in the top eight on count back thanks to a closing 66 that got him to 11-under. The other 16 spots went to Thomas Detry, Ryan Evans, Daniel Fox, Johannes Veerman, David Bransdon, Nick Cullen, Hideto Tanihara, Adam Bland, Pep Angles, Wade Ormsby, Casey O'Toole, Matthew Millar, Duncan Stewart, Sam Brazel, Jeev Milkha Singh and Phachara Khongwatmai.
Feb 18 - 4:41 AM

Brett Rumford continued his hot start to the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, tacking on a second-round 7-under-par 31-34=65 to his opening 66 and posting the 36-hole lead of 13-under 131.

That's good for a two-shot lead over Aussie compatriot David Bransdon, with another local man Steven Jeffress a further stroke back. Rumford set the tone with an opening birdie and, after four pars, went on a birdie blitz by ticking five straight from Nos. 6-10. He added further circles at 13 (30 feet from the fringe) and 15 with a sole bogey of the day sandwiched in between at 14. His birdie count so far this week is 15. Achieving the first goal of finishing inside the top 24 after 54 holes looks almost a given now but Rumford is also in great position to be one of the top eight who get a first-round bye when the six-hole match play section of the event starts Sunday. That's very much his aim. "Oh, 100 per cent, definitely," he said. "That's one less lottery round you have to deal with, isn't it? So that's definitely a huge bonus qualifying inside that top eight. It's definitely something I am thinking about."
Feb 17 - 4:03 AM

Brett Rumford used local knowledge to scorch Lake Karrinyup with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the first round of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, enough to earn him the clubhouse lead after the morning wave completed, one clear of a group of five one stroke back.

The five-time European Tour winner and Perth native provided the Tour's website with a course guide earlier in the week and he quickly proved it was no fool's errand as he posted red across the board. He opened (on the back nine) with a pair of birdies at 10 and 11, and added another brace at 14 and 15 following bogey at 13. The front nine witnessed ticks spread at 1, 4 and 7. The swift start should surprise no-one: in six previous starts on the course he ranked T7 or better four times after 18 holes. History also suggests he's a good chance of making Sunday's match play: he's 3-for-6 at ranking T24 or higher at 54 holes. "It's a different game this week," he said after his day's work. "Top 24 and top eight are the aims. I think just getting your foot in the door is the number one priority regardless of how well you score."
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Feb 16 - 3:02 AM

Brett Rumford will get a first look at Glendower GC when he pegs it up in this week's South African Open, an event he last contested in 2004.

The Aussie has good, if distant, memories of his appearance at Erinvale 11 years ago as he held the first-round lead after a 64 and went on to finish T9. Rumford has also performed well in other events in South Africa down the years with a T7 in last season's Tshwane Open giving him a third top 12 in his last five appearances in the country. The 39-year-old, a five-time winner on the European Tour, is 12th on this season's Race to Dubai after a solo fifth in his home Australian PGA Championship and a T25 in the Hong Kong Open, both those events taking place before the Christmas break.
Jan 11 - 4:47 AM

With a final-round 5-under-par 35-32=67 at his home Australian PGA Championship, Brett Rumford jumped five spots on the leaderboard to finish solo fifth at 10-under 278.

That was a distant nine shots behind winner Harold Varner III but is a reminder to gamers that Rumford is always a man to respect on his own turf. This is now his fourth top 10 in the last five events and he's been outside the top 20 in just two of his last 14 starts in Australia. Today, he looked as if he might slip back into the pack after opening with eight straight pars but the birdies did eventually come. Rumford was rewarded with his patience and delivered a trio of par breakers at 8, 9 and 10 before splashing further red at 15 and 17 to secure his top five slot. The 67 was his best round of the week by two shots.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 03:32:00 AM

Brett Rumford will make a third visit to Diamond CC at this week’s Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

The Australian’s season so far has been built on back-to-back T7s at the Perth International and Tshwane Open. But in the last two weeks he’s added a rather less welcome back-to-back pairing - of missed cuts at Wentworth and Bro Hof Slott, shooting ignominious rounds of 78-82-76-76 in the process. It’s also worth noting that he closed the Irish Open the week before that spell with two 74s. Better news is that he’ll have solid memories of the event. He was T14 in 2009 and has finished T30 (in 2012) and T32 (in 2014) since the tournament moved to Diamond CC.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 12:07:00 PM

Brett Rumford has enjoyed the Bro Hof Slott GC challenge and will be hoping for a repeat in this week's Nordea Masters.

The Australian is worth attention because he finished T4 at Bro Hof Slott GC in 2010 and also opened with a 69 to be T14 on Thursday evening in 2012 before drifting to T66. That said, the T4 is his only top 25 finish in 8 visits to Sweden. This season he has earned a T7 at the Tshwane Open and also T7 at the Perth International to help the five-time European Tour winner to a safe-but-still-needs-work 82nd in the Race to Dubai. He’s been a fixture on Tour since 2001, despite two years (2008 and 2015) that were wiped out by injury.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 05:37:00 AM

Brett Rumford posted successive eagles at 14 and 15 but his hopes of a home win at the ISPS HANDA Perth International suffered a setback after a bogey-ridden 1-over-par 39-34 in round three.

The Aussie's wild ride around Lake Karrinyup saw him spiral from joint leader to solo fifth after he ended at 10-under 206. That's five shots behind leader Louis Oosthuizen. Most of the damage was done early as he bogeyed three of his first four holes while he dropped further shots at 9, 13 and 17. A birdie at 3 helped but it was a dramatic move on the back nine that stopped him slipping completely off the pace. Rumford holed from sand for a 2 at the 330-yard 14th and then added another eagle at the par-5 15th. Hitting 9 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation isn't necessarily a problem but it is when only managing 1-of-6 scrambles as the 38-year-old did today. He now has a seriously uphill task in Sunday's final round having shot the worst score of the top 32 on the leaderboard on Saturday.
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 04:49:00 AM

With a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in Friday's second round, home hero Brett Rumford moved into a share of the halfway lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Rumford, a Perth native, is tied with first-round leader Peter Uihlein on 11-under 133 after racking up eight birdies, a single bogey and nine pars in his second lap of Lake Karrinyup. The 38-year-old missed a big part of last season after having 30 centimetres of small intestine removed but has come back strongly. This was an obvious event for him to really kick on further and he's doing just that after again putting his local knowledge to good use. Rumford raced to the turn in 31 after birdies at 2, 3 (chip-in), 6, 7 and 9 while mixing another three par breakers against a bogey at 12 coming home. For the second day running, he hit 14 greens in regulation while he's 4-for-4 in sand saves through the first 36 holes. Rumford and Uihlein are a shot clear of 2010 Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 04:28:00 AM

Local man Brett Rumford shot a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on his opening lap at Lake Karrinyup, good enough for T5 after day one of the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Rumford, who hails from Perth, is considered to be one of the most likely home winners this week and lived up to those expectations today. He started out with a pair of birdies at 10 and 11 before bouncing back from a bogey at 13 with par breakers at 14 and 15. The Aussie continued his forward move with further gains at 1 and 2 but handed both shots back at the next two holes before adding one final birdie at 5. Rumford, who is 5-for-5 at this venue, is coming off a T7 at the Tshwane Open on his last start. Today, he split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation and was 2-for-2 in scrambling. He lies just three shots behind first-round leader Peter Uihlein.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 05:54:00 AM

Brett Rumford scrapped it out to post 2-under-par 34-36=70 to reach the halfway stage of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on 7-under 137, three shy of the lead.

The Australian made a strong start with birdies at 2 and 4, but then found himself fighting for a score as the round wore on. Credit to him, though - he did exactly that. He lost a shot at 9, recovered it at 10; lost another at 12, immediately regained it at 13; gave away another at 16, pinched it back at 18. Dig deeper into the stats and his resilience this week is further revealed: he is just 21-for-36 in greens in regulation. In round one he was 8-for-8 in scrambling, 4-for-7 in round two.
Fri, Feb 5, 2016 07:52:00 AM

Brett Rumford smoke-and-mirrored a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in his opening round at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, good enough for a share of the clubhouse lead.

It shouldn't come as a surprise to see the Aussie making his mark. Although never really getting into title contention, he's reeled off three top 20s in his last five starts at the Emirates GC. That includes T13 two years ago when he equalled his lowest round of 67, a number he matched again today. Rumford has also cashed on the first two legs of the 'Desert Swing', posting T35 in Abu Dhabi and T48 in last week's Qatar Masters. After opening with a par at 10, he circled birdies at 11, 13, 16 and 18 to turn in 33 before picking off one more at 3, the front nine's only par 5. However, put this round down to short-game magic as Rumford only managed to hit 10 greens in regulation after splitting just 50% of the 14 fairways. Those 8-for-8 scrambling stats included three sand saves.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 03:47:00 AM

Brett Rumford travels to the Emirates GC for a 13th start in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

It's all the 13s for the long term Australian visitor, whose best finish in those 13 trips to Dubai is T13. In addition to that effort in 2014 he was also fourth after 54 holes of the 2011 renewal before slipping back to T20. Out of the game through injury for most of 2015 he returned in style, winning on the Australian Tour before notching a steady start to the 2016 season with cuts made in the Australian PGA Championship, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Note that he seems to struggle in round one at Emirates GC: only four times has he been placed better than T78 after 18 holes.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016 04:48:00 AM

Brett Rumford will be playing in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for the ninth time this week.

The Aussie's record there splits into two parts; four straight missed cuts from 2012 onwards and four finishes between T20 and T64 before that. Rumford, who will be hoping to cash at Abu Dhabi Golf Club for the first time since 2011, hasn't played since his T62 at the Australian PGA Championship in early December. However, before that he was T8 in his home Australian Open. Rumford is playing 2016 on a medical exemption after a health scare last year which forced him to have 30cm of his small intestine removed.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 05:09:00 AM