Rumford does it again

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BRETT RUMFORD has continued the roll for Australian golf, winning back to back European Tour tiles with a four stroke victory at the jointly sanctioned 2013 Volvo China Open.

After a nail-biting play-off victory at the Ballantine’s Championship last week in Korea, the 35 year old made things much more straightforward with a four under par final round 68 at the Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club.

Rumford had to wait almost six years for his fourth European Tour win but his fifth has taken a week.

He becomes the first Australian golfer since Jack Newton in 1972 to win consecutive titles on the tour and the first since Branden Grace in 2010.

It is a big turnaround for the Perth golfer who in a matter of days has banked over a million dollars and soared up the world golf rankings.

“As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment,” said Rumford, who now leads Europe’s season long Race to Dubai and also records two OneAsia wins in succession.

“It’s quite surreal – it’s the first time I’ve actually played the week after a win so I’m more than pleased. It’s hard to get my head around it at the moment.

“I managed to get up and down when I really needed to. There are some very tight lies round the perimeters of the greens, so it was tricky.

“My putter was also really on song, as it was last week. It puts a lot of pressure on your opponent when you’re saving par all the time.”

Rumford finished the event at 16 under par, with Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (71) alone in second place on 12 under and hard-charging Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (68) third a stroke further back.

Australian golf really is on a run since Adam Scott’s Masters victory and we can only hope the success continues.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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