Perth, Australia, February 16: Australia’s Brett Rumford made his early move when he fired a six-under-par 66 to grab the morning 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.
Rumford, who hails from Perth, dropped only one shot on his way to a six-under-par 66 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.
“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,” said Rumford.
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 competing in his maiden matchplay event after lighting up his round with two eagles, three birdies and three bogeys.
“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.
“I’ve never been involved in any professional matchplay event before and therefore I’m naturally very excited about this week,” said Pavit.
Spain’s Carlos Pigem, who was denied his second Asian Tour victory in Myanmar last month, continued his quest for another win Down Under despite his erratic form.
“I didn’t hit the ball that well today. But whenever I missed a shot, I was able to recover well. Golf is funny. Sometimes you can hit the ball really good but your score is not good. And sometimes, when you don’t hit it well, you can still get a decent score, so overall, I’m happy,” said the Spaniard.
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.
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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The European Tour celebrates men’s professional golf on a global stage. In 2016, the European Tour International Schedule features 47 tournaments in 27 countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season, a title claimed in 2015 by Rory McIlroy for the third time.
Since its formation in 1972, the European Tour has witnessed 25 Members celebrate a total of 51 Major Championship titles between them, enjoyed ten Members attaining the pinnacle of World Number One and has celebrated its diversity as players from 36 different countries have won on Tour.
The European Tour also manages the Challenge Tour, which features 28 tournaments in 22 countries in 2016, and the Senior Tour, which features 13 tournaments in nine countries in 2016. It is also the Managing Partner of Ryder Cup Europe, the body which, alongside the PGA of America, administers golf’s greatest team contest, The Ryder Cup.
The European Tour broadcasts live coverage of its tournaments to over 490 million homes in more than 150 countries every week, generating in excess of 2200 global broadcast hours for each event. It also enjoys the support of many of the world’s leading business brands with Rolex, BMW, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Emirates and Titleist as Official Partners.