Volvo China Open: Brett Rumford closes out back-to-back European Tour wins
Last Updated: 05/05/13 11:51am
Brett Rumford: Back-to-back wins on the European Tour
Brett Rumford became only the third Australian to win back-to-back tournaments in the 41-year history of the European Tour after romping to a four-shot triumph at the Volvo China Open.
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-16 B Rumford (Aus)
-12 M Ilonen (Fin)
-11 V Dubuisson (Fra)
-10 RJ Derksen (Ned)
-9 R Santos (Por)
-9 P Larrazabal (Spa)
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The 35-year-old Western Australian followed up his success at the Ballantine's Championship in Korea a week earlier by closing out a comfortable win on the final day in Tianjin.
Rumford carded a final round of 68 at Binhai Lake Golf Club to finish 16 under par, four shots clear of Finland's Mikko Ilonen (71), with France's Victor Dubuisson (68) third on 11 under.
Rumford, leading Finn Ilonen by one shot heading into the final round, extended that advantage to three with a flawless front nine of 33.
The lead was down to one when Ilonen birdied the 10th and 11th, but Rumford edged further in front with a birdie on the par-five 12th and then holed from 45 feet for birdie on the 13th and 14th for good measure.
With Ilonen dropping shots on those two holes Rumford was suddenly six clear with four to play, allowing him the luxury of dropping shots at the 15th and 17th and still easing to victory.
The winner's cheque for €407,906 takes Rumford to the top of the Race to Dubai standings and, from 253rd in the world rankings a fortnight ago, to a place inside the top 80.
The last back-to-back winner on the European Tour was Branden Grace, who won the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions in his native South Africa in January 2012.