Date: April 28, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Rumford wins Ballantine’s Championship

Australian Brett Rumford overcame a late stumble to take out the Ballantine&aposs Championship with an eagle in a three-way playoff. The 32-year-old led by two strokes with two holes to play in Seoul, South Korea, but a double bogey on the 17th after a wild drive brought him back to a tie with compatriot Marcus Fraser and Scotland&aposs Peter Whiteford. The trio returned to the par-five 18th and after seeing his rivals fail to meet the green in two, Rumford produced a brilliant approach shot and then sunk a four-foot putt for an eagle. Rumford&aposs sublime finish sealed his sixth European Tour title and his first for six years. Rumford reached the turn in 30 on Sunday but needed to hole an eight-foot par putt on 18 to force the playoff after another errant drive, while Whiteford blew the chance to win it and avoid the playoff when he missed his birdie putt from five feet. Overnight leader Alex Noren of Sweden dropped out of contention with a pair of double-bogeys and a penalty at the second after his ball moved while lining up a putt. He finished at seven under in equal sixth with South Korean Kim Hyung-sung, Thai Thongchai Jaidee, Scot Stephen Gallacher and Pablo Larrazabal. Frenchman Romain Wattel shot a final-round 69 to finish at nine under in outright second ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen, who was at eight under. The 2010 British Open champion shot six birdies in his 69 but a double-bogey at the par-three 13th cost him.