Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rumford reaches last four but Duncan Stewart

goes down in first six-hole tie

Brett Rumford battled into the semi-finals of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth as Louis Oosthuizen was knocked out.
Scotland's Duncan Stewart lost his six-hole first-round tie to Japan's Hideto Tanihara who had a birdie 2 at the short third.
Rumford had led by five shots after the 54 holes of stroke play at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, earning himself a bye into the second match play round where he dispatched of Hideto Tanihara 2 and 1 with the minimum of fuss.
Wade Ormsby pushed him all the way to the shoot-out hole in the quarter-finals but the 39 year old prevailed to set up a last-four clash with Adam Bland - who defeated Oosthuizen on the extra hole.
Phachara Khongwatmai and Jason Scrivener were set to go head-to-head in the other semi-final, with the players facing each other over six holes on the tenth, second, eighth, 11th, 12th and 18th.
After the first two holes were halved, Rumford found himself in awkward position next to a greenside bunker on the the third and Ormsby went one up but the top seed hit back with two birdies as Ormsby missed two short putts.
A three-putt from Rumford on the last while Ormsby got up and down took the match to the shoot-out hole and more drama was to follow.
Rumford holed a 30-footer to put the pressure on his opponent but Ormsby also made his putt, although when Rumford put his tee-shot to tap-in range next time around, Ormsby had no response.
A Bland bogey on the first put Oosthuizen one up and when the South African almost eagled the second, things were looking ominous. Bland made his birdie, though, and when Oosthuizen three-putted the fifth, they were all square.

Halves in par sent them up the shoot-out hole with both men making a birdie and Oosthuizen missed a six-footer to win at the next attempt.
Bland produced an excellent tee-shot on the third time around and with Oosthuizen finding the bunker, a concession soon came as the 2010 Open champion failed to get up and down.
Khongwatmai was in imperious form and played five holes in four under to beat Matthew Millar 2 and 1.
He got up and down from a bunker on the first to go one up and after both men birdied the second, a lengthy left-to-right putt from Millar evened things up.
A four-footer on the fourth re-established Khongwatmai's lead and a beautiful tee-shot to five feet on the fifth sealed the win.
Scrivener was next up for the teenager after he beat Steven Jeffress on the second shoot-out hole.
He birdied the first but back-to-back birdies from Jeffress on the fourth and fifth applied the pressure before it was relieved again, with the latter making a mess of the last.
The first shoot-out hole was halved in birdies but when Jeffress missed his second birdie attempt, Scrivener rolled a short one down the slope for victory.






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