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.