Rumford shoots 64 and is looking strong to defend his title
The defending champion at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Brett Rumford fired an opening round eight-under 64 with seven birdies on his front nine, with three consecutive birdies on 10th, 11th, and 12th holes.
Rumford stumbled for a moment with bogeys on 1st and 3rd holes before getting back on track with three more birdies on fourth, sixth, and the eighth hole got him to 8-under for a two-shot lead over Lee Westwood, playing in the same fourball.
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Posted by PGA of Australia on Wednesday, February 7, 2018
“I’m leading, I’m inside the top-24 and that’s my only focus this week is finish inside that number whether I lead the qualifying again. That would be a nice bonus but it’s not my priority this week and I’m playing accordingly,” said Rumford who led three rounds in last year’s tournament before winning it in a match play on Sunday.
“I just think some golf courses just fit your eye and others don’t. It’s not always the case, but generally, you find as a trend that a lot of players go back and play well when they’ve had a lot of good performances there, and this (Lake Karrinyup Country Club) is one of them.
“The fairways are nice and generous; it’s just a flowing golf course. A lot of the holes are framed to the eye, tells you which shot to hit, and I just love that kind of golf.
“The greens are great and I’ve played here a lot. So I don’t know what it is, but definitely seems to be some kind of home course advantage.”
Westwood fired six-under 66 for the day with two back to birdies on 11th and 12th hole (his second and third holes), followed by an astonishing eagle on the par-5 15th and aided them with three more birdies on his back nine and a bogey to remain two-shot away from the leader, for a second finish on the board.
Following them by a shot for a T-3rd position on the board are Jason Scrivener, Sebastien Gros, Prom Meesawat, Daisuke Kataoka, Nicholas Fung, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.