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Brett Rumford

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 7/27/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 163

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Defending champion and joint-36 hole leader Brett Rumford crashed out of the World Super 6 Perth in shock fashion after collapsing to a 6-over-par 38-40=78 in Saturday's third round.
The local man started the final day of strokeplay all set to bank a top eight spot and secure a bye to the second round of Sunday's matchplay section. Instead, he fell apart completely, not evening making the top 24 who went through. An outward 38 put him under unexpected pressure and he played the last five holes in 4-over to finish at 2-under 214, three shots too many. If it was any consolation, the exact same fate happened to fellow joint R2 leader Lee Westwood. The 24 players to progress were: Prom Meesawat, Sean Crocker, Lucas Herbert, Thorbjorn Olesen, Dimitrios Papadatos, Brad Kennedy, Sam Horsfield, Yusaku Miyazato, Marcus Fraser, Grant Forrest, Matthew Millar, James Nitties, Ben Eccles, Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Nick Cullen, Min Woo Lee (a), Callan O'Reilly, Poom Saksansin, Stephen Leaney, Satoshi Kodaira, Yikeun Chang, Andrea Pavan, Zander Lombard and, securing the final spot after a play-off, Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Feb 10 - 5:51 AM

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Brett Rumford failed to break par for the first time in the brief history of the World Super 6 Perth yet his level-par 35-37=72 lap of Lake Karrinyup CC left him on 8-under 136 after 36-holes and in a strong position heading into the weekend. UPDATE: Day 2 finished with Rumford tied for the lead with Lee Westwood, the pair a shot clear of four others.

The Western Australian has swiftly proved himself the master of this format, going 66-65-68 through three rounds last year and unbeaten in the matchplay, then opening with a 64 on Thursday. When he ticked 7 and 11 he appeared to be on target to yet again go low, but he stumbled with bogeys at 13 and 17. When he signed his card he remained tied first alongside Lee Westwood in the clubhouse with Prom Meesawat alongside them with three holes to play; should the Thai golfer gain sole possession of the lead it will be the first time Rumford has not been leading or sharing the lead during the strokeplay rounds of this tournament.
Feb 9 - 4:34 AM

Defending champion Brett Rumford burst out of the gate and blitzed Lake Karrinyup CC for an 8-under-par 29-35=64 in round one of the World Super 6 Perth in Australia, posting a two-shot clubhouse lead over Lee Westwood. UPDATE:- No-one caught Rumford and only James Nitties could join Westwood in second.

The local man led for all three days of the strokeplay section of the inaugural edition of this event last year before continuing his dominance in matchplay. He's on course for a repeat after an opening lap which featured 10 birdies. Starting at 10, the Perth native hit the ground running with a trio of opening circles before adding another pair at 14 and 15. He ticked 17 too and then drained a huge putt at 18 to turn in just 29. There was a slight hiccup on his second nine as came back to earth with bogeys at 1 and 3 but Rumford splashed red at 4 (20-foot putt), 6 and 8 (his third birdie on a par 3) to take his now familiar position at the top of this leaderboard. "I just think some golf courses suit your eye and others don't," he said. "Generally you'll find as a trend that a lot of players go back to the same venue and play well and this is one of them for me." He found 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
Feb 8 - 2:52 AM

Brett Rumford played the local angle to perfection in last year's inaugural World Super 6 Perth in Australia, using his vast knowledge of Lake Karrinyup CC to secure his sixth European Tour title.

The Perth native dominated the 54-hole strokeplay section, shooting 17-under to finish five shots in front of the field. And, helped by a bye to the second round of Sunday's matchplay section, emerged as the last man standing after beating Phachara Kongwhatmai in the final. He'd previously finished T7, T19 and T6 in his last three starts at the European Tour's Perth International held at Lake Karrinyup so is a proven and reliable performer in front of his expectant home fans. As for more recent form, Rumford was T12 in November's Australian Open and T37 at the Dubai Desert Classic after opening 68-70-66 so his game looks in decent shape ahead of this week's defense. He could well prove a smart pick again in this quirky format.
Feb 7 - 4:17 AM

Brett Rumford finished T19 on his first start at the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort last year so knows what to expect from the course which sits 400 metres above sea level.

Writing in a special blog for this week, the Aussie revealed: "With the altitude we’re at it (the ball) might be (fly) around two to four per cent, but when it gets hotter it could be eight to ten per cent, almost like Crans Montana, where the guys are playing next week. Club selection can be tricky. When you’ve got heat and drops of five metres going into greens with mid-irons it can put you a long way out sometimes. There is a lot of trouble out here. The greens are big, but you’ve got to be in the right section if you want to be giving yourself opportunities of making birdies." Rumford certainly judged things pretty well last year when shooting 70-72-68 to sit 12th with 18 holes to play before a Sunday 73 left him T19. His big highlight this year was winning his home World Super 6 Perth although he now hasn't managed a top 30 in nine starts.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 12:10:00 PM

Brett Rumford is one of the former winners in the field contesting this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Northern Ireland.

The Aussie secured this title at County Louth in 2004, cruising to a four-shot win over local hero Padraig Harrington and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin. That was the second of his European Tour wins, a haul he took to six when landing the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth on home soil in February. Rumford also owns Irish Open top 10s from 2009 and 2010 while he added T22 in 2013 so he's enjoyed plenty of success in this event. He's been quiet since his Perth win but T34 in Germany two starts ago could suggest the 39-year-old is ready to show his skills on the links again.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:51:00 AM

Brett Rumford should be happy to see a new-look Wentworth as he heads there for his 14th appearance in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

In his last seven visits, the Aussie has missed five cuts and finished T62 and T70 in the other two. But before gamers eliminate him, it's worth noting that he took fourth place in the 2006 edition after shooting 69-65 on the weekend. Rumford's scores at the West Course have ballooned in recent years so reports that scoring will be easier this year after a major revamp could work in his favor. Just four starts ago, the 39-year-old took victory in the World Super 6 Perth in his native Australia while he also managed T14 in last month's Shenzhen International in China. He was second for Putting Average at the Shenzhen so will hope to bring that to the improved greens at Wentworth.
Tue, May 23, 2017 07:16:00 AM

One-time tournament winner Brett Rumford will seek his second title of the season when he plays the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing this week.

It’s been a wonderfully neat season so far for the Australian. He opened with T5 in the Australian PGA Championship, completed victory in the World Super 6 Perth, and has added top 25 finishes in Hong Kong and then last week in Shenzhen. The latter result (T14) should provide gamers with reason to sit up and take note because Rumford is not only a previous winner of the event (in 2013), but he also posted a final round 67 on the course last year to finish T34. In fact his record in the tournament is exceptionally solid: 10 starts, nine cuts made, five top 30s, one win.
Tue, Apr 25, 2017 12:16:00 PM

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.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 04:53:00 AM

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.
Sat, Feb 18, 2017 04:41:00 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."
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 04:03:00 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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Thu, Feb 16, 2017 03:02:00 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.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 04:47:00 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