Rumford two shots clear at halfway in Perth event
17 Feb 2017 - 23:05
Perth: Australia's Brett Rumford opened up a two-shot lead after the second round of World Super 6 Perth as former winners Thorbjorn Olesen and Louis Oosthuizen made their moves at Lake Karrinyup yesterday.
Perth native Rumford followed up his opening 66 with a 65 to get to 13 under and lead from countryman David Bransdon with another Australian Steven Jeffress a further shot back in the European Tour event.
Rumford had shared the overnight lead with Englishman Mark Foster, who dropped back to five under after a second round 73.
While Rumford looked the one to beat in the new format Super 6 event, South African Oosthuizen and Dane Olesen kept in contention.
Oosthuizen, the 2011 British Open winner and three-time major runner-up, carded a four-under 68, while Olesen had a five-under 67 to lurk six strokes off the halfway lead.
The top 24 players after Saturday's third round will progress to the six-hole match play knockout phase, with the top eight of those receiving a bye into the last-16.
Rumford is in a comfortable position to make it into Sunday's final day but he will not be taking his foot off the pedal and is aiming to earn himself a spot as one of the top eight seeds.
"Oh, 100 percent, definitely," he said. "That's one less lottery round you have to deal with, isn't it?
"So that's definitely a huge bonus qualifying inside that top eight. It's definitely something I am thinking about.
Rumford birdied the first hole and produced the shot of the day from the trees in making par on the fourth before reeling off five consecutive birdies from the sixth.
He holed from 15 feet on the sixth, got up and down from sand on the seventh, put his tee-shot to four feet on the next and two smart approaches got him to 12 under.
A 30-footer from the fringe on the 13th was followed by a bogey but he bounced back with another gain on the next to re-establish his cushion.