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.