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Brett Rumford

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

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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. Aug 30 - 12:10 PM

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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.
Jul 5 - 6:51 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.
May 23 - 7:16 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.
Apr 25 - 12:16 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.
Feb 19 - 4:53 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.
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