20.02.2017 - European Tour, ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth Venue: Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Finalreport Rumford's redemption in enthralling Super 6 finale

Brett Rumford completed a remarkable fairy-tale story at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth, as the home town favourite claimed a sixth European Tour victory in an enthralling and breathless final day worthy of the revolutionary new format.


Brett Rumford sealed his second win on the European Tour. © Getty Images

A born-and-bred Perth native, the runaway leader after the opening three days of strokeplay and seeking to reignite his career after losing his European Tour card last season, destiny seemingly shone on Rumford as he overcame a sensational 17 year old Thai and a star in the making by the name of Phachara Khongwatmai in the final.

In an incredible coincidence, an all-action final day which began with 24 players battling it out in a new six-hole match-play format culminated in a final featuring the leader of the strokeplay qualifier and the 24th and last man to make it into the final day – Khongwatmai having fought to the bitter end in an eight-man play-off late Saturday evening.

It was a fittingly engrossing climax, as Rumford stole an early march with a birdie at the first to go one up, before the young Thai – looking to become the second youngest winner in European Tour history – levelled things up at the second.

Rumford cut a determined figure, however, and he required all of his famous short game expertise as he birdied the fifth courtesy of a dazzling recovery from under the trees to move clear once again. Following that up with a nerveless tee shot to five feet, a birdie two for the match sent the crowds into raptures as Rumford secured his European Tour future and made sure the inaugural edition of the innovative tournament was a memorable one.

Rumford’s compatriots Adam Bland and Jason Scrivener fought it out in the play-off for third spot, with the former emerging victorious, while 2010 Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen finished in fifth position.