Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rumford Pips Teen Challenger to PS1.1m; Golf

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rumford Pips Teen Challenger to PS1.1m; Golf

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golf AUSTRALIA'S Brett Rumford regained his European Tour card in brilliant fashion with victory in the inaugural ISPS Handa World Super 6 in his home city of Perth.

Rumford defeated Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai 2&1 in the final of the PS1.1million event, an innovative mixture of stroke and match play.

The 39-year-old was five shots clear of the field after the 54 holes of stroke play, although that only secured a bye in the first round of yesterday's match-play stages which were contested over six holes at Lake Karrinyup.

Rumford beat Hideto Tanihara, Wade Ormsby and Adam Bland to book his place in the final and, after winning the first hole but losing the second, moved in front for the second time with a birdie on the par-five fourth.

Khongwatmai, who had claimed the final berth in the match-play stages after surviving an eight-man play-off for five places, then needed two attempts to escape a greenside bunker on the next and conceded Rumford's birdie putt. …

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