The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth defending Champion Brett Rumford, from Australia, leads after the 1st round at Lake Karrinyup Country Club. This tournament has a strange format, being a combination of stroke play and match play. Rounds 1, 2 and 3 are stroke play, while Round 4 will be the newly created 6 hole match play.
Brett started this competition with a determination to keep his title, hitting -8 under par 64 to top the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth leaderboard by two shots;
“I just think there’s some golf courses just suit your eye and others don’t.”
“It’s not always the case but generally you find as a trend that a lot of players go back and play well when they’ve had a lot of good performances there, and this is one of them.”
“I don’t know what it is but it definitely seems to be some kind of home course advantage.
“I’m leading, I’m inside the top 24 and that’s my only focus this week, finish inside that number.”
“Whether I lead the qualifying again? That would be a nice bonus but it’s not my priority this week and I’m playing accordingly.”
“I can’t be too hard on myself, I played great golf.”
Lee Westwood, England and James Nitties, Australia, share second place at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 66.
Lee played well, but had a quiet day with the putter;
“It was nice to shoot 66. I don’t think this is a tournament where you want to be playing catch-up.”
“I played very nicely, very solidly. Hit a lot of good shots, drove the ball well, putted nicely as well without anything really going in for me.”
“I chipped in on 15 for eagle but other than that, everything was pretty close range.”
There are nine players tied in fourth place at -5 under par, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prom Meesawat from Thailand, Sébastien Gros, France , Wade Ormsby and Jason Scrivener, Australia, Gareth Paddison, New Zealand, Nicholas Fung, Malaysia, Daisuke Kataoka, Japan and Yikeun Chang from South Korea.