On a normal week, Brett Rumford may be closing in on his sixth European Tour victory. But this is not a normal event.
The Aussie fired a 7-under 65 Friday at Lake Karrinyup Country Club to shoot out to 13 under and a two-shot lead through 36 holes at the World Super 6 Perth.
But don’t anticipate your standard Sunday finish.
That’s because the European Tour event boasts a unique format, with two cuts (one the came Friday and a second one Saturday that knocks the field down to 24 players) before Sunday’s finale – which is a six-hole match play knockout. Here’s a full primer on the event’s format.
The field was trimmed down to top 60 and ties after the Friday cut. Rumford leads fellow Aussie David Bransdon by two shots. Overall nine players are within five shots of the lead.
Notable players in position to make it through to Sunday are Thorbjorn Olesen (T-10, 7 under), Louis Oosthuizen (T-10, 7 under) and Austin Connelly (T-17, 6 under).
Curtis Luck, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, has some work to do as he sits T-41 at 3 under. Peter Uihlein, the 2010 U.S. Amateur winner, made the first cut on the number at 2 under.