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Brett Rumford

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/27/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 163

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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. Feb 27 - 4:49 AM

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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.
Feb 26 - 4:28 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.
Feb 25 - 5:54 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.
Feb 5 - 7:52 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.
Feb 4 - 3:47 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.
Feb 3 - 4:48 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.
Jan 19 - 5:09 AM

Brett Rumford missed a good opportunity to take the lead at the Tshwane Open after carding an even-par 37-33=70 in round two.

An opening 64 that put him just a shot off the lead combined with a morning tee-time on Friday looked the perfect recipe for the Aussie to kick on but he fluffed his lines. Rumford was slow out of the blocks with a bogey at 11 and, after a birdie at 14, dropped further shots at 16 and 18. He responded with three birdies against a single bogey on his second nine but that was only enough to take him back to where he started the day. At 6-under 134 he's currently five behind leader Adrian Otaegui.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 07:05:00 AM

Brett Rumford won back-to-back events on Asian soil in 2013 and hopes a return there to contest this week's True Thailand Classic will spark a quiet start to 2015.

The Australian took his tally of European Tour wins from three to five in a golden fortnight two seasons ago when capturing May's Ballantine's Championship in South Korea via a playoff and following it up seven days later with a four-stroke victory in the Volvo China Open. He showed some good form at the back end of 2014 when third in his home Australian Open but cashed just once in three starts -- a T38 in Qatar -- on the recent Gulf Swing. This will be his first look at the Black Mountain course in Thailand so approach with caution.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Brett Rumford finished with a share of 16th place at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and will give it another shot this week at the 143rd Open Championship.

History at this week's venue is nice, but it's also worth noting the 2006 finish is also Rumford's only cut made in four major championship appearances. In addition, the Aussie had five top 15s worldwide ahead of his 2006 Open appearance, and also a share of 39th place in the 2006 Scottish Open. This week he enters with just three top 15s and three straight missed cuts. Gamers know what he's capable of with that top 20, but they should not expect a repeat, given his more recent form.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Brett Rumford earned his first invitation to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.

Now a PGA TOUR non-member, Rumford is almost a full year removed from back-to-back wins at the Ballantine's Championship and the Volvo China Open. Unfortunately for him, his form has slipped of late. He's made just two top-15 finishes in his last seven starts, including two missed cuts. While anything can happen this week, it seems unlikely that he'll be in the hunt down the stretch at Trump National Doral.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 09:40:00 PM

Brett Rumford has already claimed two wins in Asia during 2013 and goes for the hat trick at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Rumford picked up wins at the Ballantine's Championship and the Volvo China Open in back-to-back weeks earlier this season. This marks his first start in this event, so familiarity with Sheshan International Golf Club cannot be assumed. His form is in top shape, finishing sixth at Perth International and T15 at the BMW Masters last week.
Tue, Oct 29, 2013 08:16:00 PM

Brett Rumford finds his way to Akron, Ohio for his third World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Rumford nabbed his invitation by virtue of wins in back-to-back weeks at the 2013 Ballantine's Championship and the 2013 Volvo China Open. He teed it up at Firestone in 2004 (T27) and 2008 (T71), but his lack of any real success make him a questionable play at best. He's missed the cut in his last two starts.
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 09:59:00 PM

One week after emerging in a playoff in South Korea, Brett Rumford recorded a four-stroke victory at the Volvo China Open.

The Aussie is the 31st in European Tour history to win consecutive events. He held the 54-hole lead by one shot over Finland's Mikko Ilonen at Binhai Lake Golf Club in Tianjin. Rumford then closed with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to post 16-under 272. Ilonen carded a 71 today to secure runner-up honors at 12-under 276. "As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment," Rumford said afterwards. "It’s quite surreal – it’s the first time I’ve actually played the week after a win so I’m more than pleased. It’s hard to get my head around it at the moment. I managed to get up and down when I really needed to. There are some very tight lies round the perimeters of the greens, so it was tricky. My putter was also really on song, as it was last week. It puts a lot of pressure on your opponent when you’re saving par all the time."
Sun, May 5, 2013 08:37:00 AM

With a birdie on the first hole of sudden death, Brett Rumford emerged victorious at the Ballantine's Championship at Blackstone Golf club in Icheon, South Korea.

The Aussie started the day two strokes adrift of Alexander Noren's 54-hole lead, and then closed 4-under-par 30-38=68 to post 11-under 277 with fellow countryman Marcus Fraser and Peter Whiteford of Scotland. Unlike last week's record-tying playoff in Spain, Rumford sent everyone home much earlier after an eagle-3 at the 18th hole on today's only extra hole. Fraser and Whiteford settled for birdies. The eagle served as redemption for Rumford since he double-bogeyed the par-4 17th in regulation after maintaining the lead throughout his back nine. "It was an absolute rollercoaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon," he said. "Obviously my last five holes yesterday [all birdies] and front nine today got me in a great position to take this tournament." This is his fourth career title on the European Tour but his first since 2007. He was a PGA TOUR member in 2008. The 35-year-old is now exempt into the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
Sun, Apr 28, 2013 09:38:00 AM