Published: Sun, February 19, 2017
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

Rumford leads all-Australian leaderboard in European event

Rumford had a 17-under total of 199 in the tournament at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Western Australia, which is being sanctioned by the European, Australian and Asian tours.

As Foster fell away, carding a 73 to sit eight off the pace, two further Australians emerged as Rumford's closest challengers.

Oosthuizen, the 2011 British Open victor 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.

After the usual three days of stroke play, the A$1.75 million (£1 million) tournament will end on Sunday with 24 players competing at match play in six-hole playoffs until only one remains.

With the top 8 finishers guaranteed a first round bye tomorrow, the remaining 16 found out their first opponents at Pan Pacific Perth tonight.

"Oh, 100 percent, definitely", he said.

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"If you're 24th going into the final round of a normal event, you've got to play unbelievable to win", Noren said.

"There's kudos and respect given to leading a field after three rounds in a qualifying event in this format", Rumford said. "There's sort of cuts within cuts this week and if you're not thinking about it, maybe it's a good thing, maybe a bad thing, I'm not too sure, but definitely the top eight is where you want to be".

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.

Rumford carded a four-under 68 at Lake Karrinyup to finish his third round on 17 under, well clear of a group of six players who also secured byes for the opening matchplay round on Sunday.

"Match play is a completely different ball game".

"I'd love to. The golf course is one of the best I've seen". "In the match-play I'll need to be a little bit more aggressive, play more towards the pin and try and hit the putts a little firmer".

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