Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Westwood, Rumford lead by one stroke in Perth

Westwood, Rumford lead by one stroke in Perth

Scores of 68, 72 and 68 saw him finish on 8 under in joint fifth place.

Defending champion Rumford raced to the turn in 29 en route to an opening 64 in the event at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, where the first three rounds are played as a regular strokeplay event before the field is reduced to 24 players on Sunday, with a six-hole matchplay format determining the victor.

His round of 78 included two bogeys and two double-bogeys.

Rumford is back to six under after dropping four shots today, to go with two birdies.

Lee Westwood lies just two shots behind first-round leader Brett Rumford after an impressive opening 66 at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

Flawless conditions greeted the field in round one but blustery winds on Friday meant it was much tougher to make a dent on the scorecard.

"I've been playing pretty good for a while now", Horsfield said.

Former world No.1 Westwood produced just one birdie for the round, on the 17th hole.

He was followed by three players at 10-under - big-hitting young Australian Lucas Herbert, American Sean Crocker and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who won in Perth in 2014.

Getting the final round underway at 7:30am local time will be local amateur and crowd favourite Min Woo Lee who will take on the highest ranked player in the field, World Number 37 Satoshi Kodaira of Japan.

Scotland's Grant Forrest and Thailand's Prom Meesawat are next best placed on ninth.

England's 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett missed the cut after finishing a disastrous seven-over, while countryman Andrew "Beef" Johnston (five-over) will also miss the weekend.

"It was right from the word go. It was "bang" straight in the face", Rumford said.

"Every single hole looked different to yesterday, the way it played, your landing areas, everything". If you start putts on line, they tend to go in.

That involves a series of six-hole matches at Lake Karrinyup, with 24-year-old Craigielaw man Forrest taking on Australian Matthew Millar in the opening round and Sam Horsfield awaiting the victor after the Englishman was among the eight players to receive byes.

The top-eight players entering the final day earn a crucial bye in the first round of match play. "You really have to have your wits about you", Westwood said. To be perfectly honest, match play is anybody's.

"You're going to need a lot of luck", he said. I finished first, but you'll never know what will happen tomorrow as it is going to be matchplay. Golf needs something like that.

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