PERTH • Brett Rumford held on to the lead at the inaugural World Super 6 golf tournament in Perth yesterday, taking a two-stroke advantage into the weekend.
The Perth native rolled in eight birdies, including five straight from the sixth hole, and a lone bogey to finish his round at seven-under 63.
That put him at 13 under for the tournament, after his opening-round 66 at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Australian David Bransdon fired a 64 to come in at 11 under, a stroke ahead of compatriot Steven Jeffress (66) at third.
The overnight joint leader, England's Mark Foster, had a round of 73 that left him tied for 26th place.
World No. 11 Alex Noren, the highest-ranked player in the field, missed the cut after a 69 and a two-day score of 143. British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen stayed in the hunt with a 68, which left him tied for 10th at 137.
A total of 67 players, including one amateur, made the regular cut in the event, tri-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour and European Tour.
After the usual three days of strokeplay, the A$1.75 million (S$1.9 million) tournament will end tomorrow with 24 players competing at matchplay in six-hole play-offs until one wins.
The top eight after today's third round will earn a seeding into the fourth round and get a bye during the first round of match play.
Rumford is keen to be one of those eight. "That's one less lottery round you have to deal with, isn't it?" he said. "That's definitely a huge bonus qualifying inside that top eight, so it's definitely something I am thinking about.
"That's why it's going to be so unique and so interesting as well. There's sort of cuts within cuts this week."
In Los Angeles, United States, big-hitting Dustin Johnson made a strong start in his bid to claim the world No. 1 ranking by firing a five-under 66 that left him two shots off leader Sam Saunders on the opening day of the weather-interrupted Genesis Open.
The reigning US Open champion, who can claim the top ranking with a win should incumbent Jason Day tie for third or worse, made six birdies and one bogey to be joint second behind Saunders, grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, on the classic Riviera layout.
Day was tied for 74th on even par after 16 holes, two strokes better than title holder Bubba Watson, who had played 17.
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