Friday, February 09, 2018

Westwood and Rumford share lead in World Super 6

Lee Westwood and Brett Rumford share the lead heading into the weekend after doing battle on day two of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, Western Australia.
The duo were paired together for the first two rounds at Lake Karrinyup Country Club and defending champion Rumford had the edge after day one as he opened up a two-shot lead. It was Westwood who stole the show in difficult, windy conditions on Friday, however, posting a 70 to join Rumford at eight under and the pair will once again be playing together for the final round of stroke play.
The top 24 - with the top eight seeded - after 54 holes will face each other in match play over six holes on Sunday, with five rounds of competition determining who will take home the trophy. Rumford led after all three days of stroke play on his way to taking the inaugural crown last season and maintains his impressive record, while Westwood is in contention for the second week in a row after a good showing at the Maybank Championship.
Dane Thorbjørn Olesen fired a 67 to sit at seven under alongside Scot Grant Forrest, Thailand's Prom Meesawat and Australian Lucas Herbert, one shot ahead of South African Zander Lombard.
Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat had been at nine under before making four bogeys in a row from the third to sit at five under alongside Italian Andrea Pavan, Australians Adam Blyth, Anthony Quayle and Min Woo Lee, and American Sean Crocker.
Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert made the fifth hole-in-one of the season on the 17th with a seven iron from 204 yards that helped him to three under.
Player Quotes
Lee Westwood: “Yeah, it was a good day out on the golf course. Not easy out there. It's some of the trickiest, I mean I haven't played it a lot and I know the wind can really pick up in Perth, but you don't expect it to blow quite as strong as it's blown today and it was tricky out there. You really have to have your wits about you.
“Just trying to shoot as low as possible. I know if I carry on playing like I'm playing and a few putts start to go in, because I didn't really hole any putts today, you know, I'll be thereabouts on the leader board. To be perfectly honest, match play is anybody's. You're going to need a lot of luck to win it.
“We both played well. We haven't given too many shots away, made a few putts and I chipped in a couple of times. It's been fun over the first couple of days.”
Brett Rumford: “Yeah, as tricky as the golf course gets, no doubt. It was just rough from word go. It just hit you on the first tee, it was just bang, straight in your face. Just a completely different aesthetic. Every single hole looked different to yesterday, the way it played, your landing areas, everything. So it was a day just purely for concentration and just knocking them down. 
“Happy to be tied for the lead and obviously happy that I'm in that top eight. Come what may tomorrow, number one would be nice, a little bonus there, but otherwise a top eight is what I'm focused on.
Thorbjørn Olesen: “It was difficult. It was quite breezy this morning also at 7am. In the last hour or so it picked up a lot, so I'm very happy with my score and it's going to be tough for the guys this afternoon.
“It's tough to say. Like I said, it's going to be difficult. The course is firming up a little bit also, so it will be difficult for guys to get it close to the pin, but obviously if you're playing really, really well, you could shoot a score but it's definitely going to be tough.
“Last year I had a bad Saturday round so I'll try to do that better, but obviously it would be nice to see if you could win the stroke play first and then do well on Sunday.
“I'm going to play a little bit different if I make it to Sunday, that's for sure. Tomorrow is going to be the same as these last two days, the same game plan as I've had the few years I've been here, so nothing's going to change tomorrow.”



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