Perth, Australia, February 16: Australia’s Brett Rumford and England’s Mark Foster made their early moves when they fired matching six-under-par 66s to grab the first round lead at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on Thursday.
Golf history will be made at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club with the introduction of a novel format which sees the top 24 players after 54 holes making it through to a six-hole match play format this week.
Foster together with Rumford, who hails from Perth, dropped only one shot each as they made their way to the top of the leaderboard at the AUD$1.75 million event that is that is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour.
Reigning Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion Johannes Veerman of the United States continued to show his class following a tied-12 finish in Malaysia last week by carding a 67 to be among the 10 players that also included Japan’s Hideto Tanihara and compatriot Casey O’Toole bunched in third place.
Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert also put himself into a good position for the week after he returned with a 68. The Thai is looking forward to his maiden matchplay competition after lighting up his round with two eagles, three birdies and three bogeys.
- Brett Rumford certainly has intimate knowledge of the course as he has finished in the top-20 in each of his last three appearances at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
- Rumford lost his playing rights in Europe last year and will be looking to play his way back with a win this week.
- Hideto Tanihara is an ISPS HANDA’s golf ambassador and playing on a sponsor’s invitation this week. He is married to a Japanese actress, Ayaka Nagate.
- Johannes Veerman is the last-ranked player to gain entry into this week’s ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. He won the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit crown last year.
- Pavit Tangkamolprasert is playing at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club for the first time and it will also the first time he gets to play in a professional matchplay event if he emerges as one of the top-24 players after the third round.
- Casey O’Toole (2015) together with Pavit (2014) and Veerman (2016) are all ADT Order of Merit champions.
“It’s a different game this week. Top 24 and top eight are the aims. I think just getting your foot into the door is the number priority regardless of how you score.”- Brett Rumford
Brett Rumford (Aus), First round 66 (-6)
It was really nice, just a solid 33 front, 33 back, for a 66, that’s pretty much how the round unfolded. There were no stretches of brilliance, just a consistent round of golf. It’s a different game this week. Top 24 and top eight are the aims. I think just getting your foot into the door is the number priority regardless of how you score.
Hideto Tanihara (Jpn) First round 67 (-5)
It was pretty windy today and it’s pretty hard in these wind conditions, but I was able to control the ball really well and roll it good on the greens so end up with a good score and really happy with the score too. My first goal is to get into Sunday round. And playing in a match where there’s only six holes it’s different and really looking forward to playing that match.
I’m sponsored by ISPS and Mr. Handa has been really good to us. Unfortunately we play in Japan, we miss cuts, so we want to try to make cut and play well and make Mr. Handa happy.
Casey O’Toole (Usa), First round 67 (-5)
I’ve been struggling a little bit before coming over here so I’m pretty pleased with how I’ve played today. I just have been working hard on things and I felt like they were starting to come over together a bit. 67 in the wind out here is pretty good. This is my first time to Perth and playing on this course.
Johannes Veerman (Usa) First round 67 (-5)
I was playing very well in Malaysia last week and I was really hoping to get into this week. Whenever you play well, you like to carry that momentum and I’m glad I have the opportunity to do so now. I’m not going to change much in terms of my strategy. I’m just going to go out there, play my best and try to get into the top-eight.
Pavit Tangkmolprasert (Tha) First round 68 (-4)
I’m very happy with my game today as I drove the ball very well and I adapted well to the greens which was rolling very nicely for me. This is my first time playing at Lake Karrinyup Country Club and I’m obviously pleased with my score. The windy conditions made it tough and I’m glad I manged to do well. I’ve never been involved in any professional matchplay event before and therefore I’m naturally very excited about this week.
Leading scores after round 1 of the ISPS HANDA WORLD SUPER 6 PERTH being played at the par 72, 6531 Metres Lake Karrinyup GC course (am – denotes amateur):
66 – Brett Rumford (AUS), Mark Foster (ENG).
67 – Robert Dinwiddie (ENG), Adam Blyth (AUS), Jason Scrivener (AUS), Daniel Fox (AUS), Sebastian Heisele (GER), Hideto Tanihara (JPN), Stephen Dartnall (AUS), Lucas Herbert (AUS), Casey O’Toole (USA), Johannes Veerman (USA).
68 – Steven Jeffress (AUS), Dimitrios Papadatos (AUS), Carlos Pigem (ESP), Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA), Jordan Smith (ENG), Mikko Korhonen (FIN), Phachara Khongwatmai (THA), Thitiphun Chuayprakong (THA), Pep Angles (ESP), Taylor Macdonald (AUS), Josh Younger (AUS).
69 – Ryan Evans (ENG), Ryan Fox (NZL), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Robert Allenby (AUS), Nick Cullen (AUS), Jake McLeod (AUS), Sebastian Soderberg (SWE), Ben Campbell (NZL), Josh Geary (NZL), James Heath (ENG), Masahiro Kawamura (JPN), Aaron Wilkin (AUS), Michael Long (NZL), Jake Higginbottom (AUS), David Bransdon (AUS), Natipong Srithong (THA), Jack Wilson (AUS), Ashley Chesters (ENG), Austin Connelly (CAN).
70 – Tim Hart (AUS), Jeev Milkha Singh (IND), Brady Watt (AUS), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), James Nitties (AUS), Wade Ormsby (AUS), Chiragh Kumar (IND), Piya Swangarunporn (THA), Ryan Haller (AUS), Christopher Wood (AUS), Prom Meesawat (THA), Shiv Kapur (IND), Garrick Porteous (ENG).
71 – Jyoti Randhawa (IND), Matthew Millar (AUS), Deyen Lawson (AUS), Peter Uihlein (USA), Gregory Bourdy (FRA), John Parry (ENG), Richard Johnson (SWE), Matt Ford (ENG), Ryan McCarthy (AUS), Ben Eccles (AUS), Edoardo Molinari (ITA), Thomas Detry (BEL), Adam Bland (AUS), Samuel Brazel (AUS), S S P Chawrasia (IND), Michael Hendry (NZL), Nathan Holman (AUS), Aron Price (AUS), Stephen Leaney (AUS), Tom Lewis (ENG), Richard McEvoy (ENG), S Chikarangappa (IND), Matt Jager (AUS), Josh Cabban (AUS).
About the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth
Headlined by World Number 10 Alex Noren, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is set to revolutionise tournament golf. To be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 16-19 February, 2017 and tri-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Asian Tour and European Tour, the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
A regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is then further reduced to the top-24 players following 54 holes of regulation play, with any ties for 24th place being decided by a play-off. Those remaining players will then earn their places in the six-hole shootout.
Any matches tied after the six holes will be decided in a hole-by-hole play-off.
That player will then progress to the next round of the match play or, in the case of the final match, win the tournament.
The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth is a revolutionary golf tournament designed to retain the traditions of the game whilst appealing to a broader audience.
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