2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship Preview: Leaderboard, TV Times
BRETT RUMFORD probably doesn’t need the extra pressure but this week could emulate a couple of golfing greats in winning three straight European Tour events.
The 35 year old West Australian will take on a hot field at the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.
Not since Sir Nick Faldo in 1983, and Seve Ballesteros three years later has anyone captured three European Tour events back-to-back.
Rumford enjoyed the best fortnight of his career recently when he won the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea after a superb eagle three at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off and backed it up with a four stroke victory at the Volvo China Open the following week.
Rumford is realistic about his chances this week, especially since he hasn’t played professional match play in 15 years – and he’s up against some known match play specialists in the likes of Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell.
He says it has been somewhat of a whirlwind since his twin victories, including his twin girls’ second birthdays.
“I’m really looking forward to the week,” said Rumford. “I have just been trying to get my recovery back and my stamina to be able to take on 36 holes a day for obviously the duration of the event, hopefully, if I can make it that far.”
The now five-time European Tour winner credits the upturn in his fortunes that has seen him claim his first wins since 2007 to old-fashioned grit and grind.
“It’s just really hard work and a more holistic approach,” he said. “I changed caddies and I’ve been working very, very hard with obviously just with the preparation side with Ronnie [real name John Roberts]. I also changed coaches to Pete Cowen and have been working hard on the body, as well, with Kevin Duffy from Duffy Golf Fitness.
“So I’ve basically got my body and nutrition side right as well; it’s the whole lot. Just preparation, everything, and as well as home the hours I’ve been putting in – it’s some long days. More holistically, I’m just preparing a whole lot better.”
The only other Aussie in the field is known match play performer Geoff Ogilvy, who has obviously not had the best of years, missing seven of eleven cuts on the US PGA Tour.
Rumford will take on Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Welshman Jamie Donaldson in the round-robin group stages of the event while Ogilvy will face America’s Bo Van Pelt and South Africa’s Richard Sterne.
2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship TV Coverage
The championship, at the Gary Player designed Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, is being televised live in Australia on Fox Sports.
Thursday: 10pm to 1am; Friday: 9pm to 1am; Saturday: 11pm to 1am; Sunday (Final Day): 7pm to 12.53am.
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