PERTH’S Brett Rumford has retained the lead at the World Super 6 Perth event at Lake Karrinyup but instead of sharing top spot as he was 24 hours ago he now owns it outright.
Rumford added a second round of 65 to end the opening 36 holes two ahead of Victorian David Bransdon who, playing in the morning round, was round in 64 to lead for much of the afternoon.
Rumford has very little status on the European Tour in 2017 and is relying, in the main, on events in which he has won previously in order to gain starts.
He has won four European Tour events in the past but a win here would restore his status and have him back on the world’s second biggest circuit where he has played so much of a professional career which started in 2000.
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In order to do so, however, he must not only continue on with his current form but handle the vagaries of the six hole knockout matches on Sunday in this revised format.
His knowledge of the Lake Karrinyup layout, where he has played so much golf over the years, should stand Rumford in good stead this weekend especially as tomorrow’s wind conditions appear to be different again from those earlier in the week.
Bransdon has won lower level tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia and clearly the idea of winning this event, which opens up so many doors, is enticing.
“It would be nice, would be nice,” he said after his early 64. “I’m certainly playing well enough, which is good. Stay out of my own road the next couple days and we'll see what happens.
“I've actually got my Japanese Tour card this year, so I won't be flying back to Europe this year. I'll be heading to Japan in April hopefully for a full season up there.
“I would have loved to have gone back to Europe. Had a little dabble in it last year after going to qualifying school in '15, but I got my card in Japan so I'm looking forward to playing there.
“You never know what happens in the next few weeks in our events here anyway. I'll just reassess at the end of that and see what happens.”
NSW ‘s Steve Jeffress displayed a return to better form to be in outright third position and three from the lead while talented Victorian Lucas Herbert is one shot further back in fourth along with American Johanne Veermans.
The marquee players for the event, Louis Oosthuizen and Alex Noren, had mixed fortunes, Oosthuizen in a share of ninth position at 7 under and five from the lead while Noren, the leading world ranked player in the field, missed out on a place in the weekend field.
Curtis Luck, the number two amateur in the world, again made a cut in a European Tour event but if he is to make the leading 24 who advance to Sundays knockout matches he will need perhaps a 3 or 4-under round tomorrow.
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