Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Brett Rumford sizzles at Perth golf event

Brett Rumford sizzles at Perth golf event

The 29-year-old American enjoyed a remarkable start to the season, breaking into the winner's circle for the first time on the Asian Tour after emerging victorious in Myanmar a fortnight ago.

Westwood fired a six-under 66 to join Australia's James Nitties in a share of second, as Rumford birdied six of his opening nine holes on his way to an opening-round 64 at Lake Karrinyup.

Brett Rumford of Australia secured a dominant win a year ago, topping the leaderboard after the 54-hole stroke play before beating all his opponents in the matchplay round.

Gareth Paddison leads the New Zealand golf contingent at the European Tour's World Super 6 tournament in Perth.

The top eight players after three rounds earn a bye in the first stage of match play. He dropped a stroke at the par-four sixth but immediately made amends with an eagle at the par-five seventh, one of only four on the day.

Westwood's 6-under could have been even better but for a number of close calls with the putter while James Nitties' 66 came in the more hard afternoon conditions.

"Got off to another fast start", said Rumford, who led for all three days of the stroke-play segment previous year at the same venue.

I just know this golf course so well so yeah, just let a few go.

"I'm leading, I'm inside the top 24 and that's my only focus this week is finishing inside that number", he said.

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"I played very nicely, very solidly".

"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".

Kiradech Aphibarnrat is one of nine players tied for fourth spot on five under, with England's Sam Horsfield part of the group four off the pace.

"There seems to be some sort of home-course advantage", he said.

"The swing's just getting better all the time", said Westwood, who shot a 10-under 62 in the second round in Malaysia last week and opened this event with an eagle and five birdies.

The unique tri-sanctioned European Tour tournament, which sees the top 24 after the first three rounds undertake match play on the final day to decide the victor, is in its second year, with local golfer Rumford having won the inaugural event in 2017.

"Six-under is a nice start to the week, I think it's the kind of format where you don't really want to be chasing".

"It was a amusing day. I saw what Brett was doing up front, which made it feel even worse", Scrivener said.

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