Sun, Feb 19, 9:29am by Head Editor
Having recovered for a slow start on Saturday to post a four-under 68, Australia’s Brett Rumford says it’s a shame his five-shot lead will count for nothing on Sunday when the World Super 6 switches to match play.
The 39-year-old is sitting on 17 under after three rounds with a group of six golfers tied for second spot at 12 under. Former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is among those six after shooting a second of 67.
Under normal circumstances, Rumford would be the hottest of favourites to win the tournament from this point given his sizeable lead but he is on the second line of betting at $7.50.
Unfortunately for the world number 274, the tournament switches to match play in the final round, with the top 24 golfers thrust into a series of knockout, six-hole battles.
The six-hole contests will be played over the 10th, second, eighth, 11th, 12th and 18th, a mixture of three par-fours, plus two par-threes and a par-five.
Rumford does earn a seeding after finishing in the top eight, meaning he gets to skip the first round of match play but he could be knocked out in the round of 16 if he loses his first contest.
Australia’s Jake Higginbottom took the final seeded spot on count back as his 66 was the best round from the six players who finished on 11 under.
A total of 19 players, who were nine under or better, secured their places for the matchplay finale, leaving the eight golfers a shot further back to play off in two groups at the 18th hole for the five remaining available spots.
Four players went straight through with pars, while Englishman Jordan Smith, the 24-year-old in his maiden season on the European Tour, missed out at the first extra hole. 17-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand claimed the 24th and final place with a par when the 18th was played for a third time.
The leading 24 players move onto the final day with the top eight earning a bye into the last-16 round of the matchplay format.
Match 1 will tee off at 10:15am AEDT with Hideto Tanihara V Duncan Stewart, there will be an eight-minute interval between tee-times until the first round of match play is completed.
It’s set to be a fascinating day, with the players sure to be more aggressive and attacking the pin, given it’s a matchplay format.
Oosthuizen, Louis $6.50
Rumford, Brett $7.50
Scrivener, Jason $10.00
Herbert, Lucas $13.00
Blyth, Adam $15.00
Connelly, Austin $15.00
Higginbottom, Jake $15.00
Jeffress, Steven $19.00
Tanihara, Hideto $21.00
Brazel, Sam $23.00
Cullen, Nick $23.00
Detry, Thomas $23.00
Khongwatmai, Phachara $23.00
Ormsby, Wade $26.00
Bland, Adam $26.00
Angles, Pep $29.00
Evans, Ryan $34.00
Bransdon, David $34.00
Millar, Matthew $34.00
Veerman, Johannes $34.00
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