World Super Six: Rumford wins inaugural title in Perth

Australia’s Brett Rumford has won the inaugural World Super Six title in his native Perth with victory over 17-year-old Pachara Khongwatmai of Thailand.

The 39-year-old Rumford topped the leader board for all three stroke play rounds and had a bye into round two on Sunday’s six-hole knockout match play format.

He beat Hideto Tanihara, Wade Ormsby and Adam Bland to reach the final, where a fine finish gave him a second and then first win.

Australian Bland beat compatriot Jason Scrivener to claim third place.

Khongwatmai finished nine shots behind Rumford after the three stroke play rounds and was in the highest-scoring group of the 24 players to qualify for the match play rounds.

He had to play one round more than Rumford and saw off Australian Sam Brazel, Lucas Herbert and Matthew Millar to reach the semi-finals, where he easily overcame Scrivener with 3&1.

Rumford won the opening hole in the final at Lake Karrinyup, only for his teenage opponent to level at the next following a wayward drive from the Australian.

At the fourth hole, Rumford was in a perilous spot in sandy soil under trees to the left of the green but played a deft escape over a bunker and holed from 12 feet for a birdie four.

Then at the next, he pitched to two feet at the par three and Khongwatmai conceded after taking two to escape from a bunker.

It is a sixth European Tour title for world number 274, Rumford who had gone 80 events since his last win at the China Open in 2013, and it enabled him to regain full playing rights on the Tour.

“It really comes down to the people; if it’s going to grow the game and it becomes an event with a bit more excitement and thrill about it, then as a tour, we’ve done a great job.

“I’m back and can’t be happier,” Rumford said.

 

 

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