Date: January 25, 2008
Author: Paul Barbieri

Rumford not getting carried away

Australian PGA Tour debutant Brett Rumford has declared he will not be getting carried away with his positive performance at the Bob Hope Classic last weekend. Despite a mix-up between coaches that left him with little preparation time ahead of the tournament, Rumford produced five solid rounds over four seperate courses to finish just outside the top ten on the leaderboard at 19-under, seven strokes behind eventual winner DJ Trahan. However, despite being proud of the achievement in adverse circumstances, the former European PGA Tour member is adamant his ambition for the year is still to simply see whether he is suited to the US PGA Tour, although he admits he won&apost say &aposno&apos to some good results along the way. “There&aposs many aspects which made the week pretty special for my performances anyway,” declared Rumford after a miscommunication between his England and US-based coaches saw him called over to the United States from Europe just three days before the tournament began, leaving him with little practice time. “I got in on Sunday afternoon the week before at about three and then got up at five o&aposclock in the morning Monday, Tuesday with jet lag to play 36 holes (each day) and have a look at the courses, albeit in golf carts,” he said. “And, then the tournament started on Wednesday.” “It was an achievement that I&aposm very proud of just for the sheer complications that I faced and the adversity prior to the event. It was a good week.” However, Rumford has said he is not about to draw any conclusions as to how he will perform on the Tour from just one tournament, especially as the Bob Hope Classic was an event that incorporated amateur players playing on resort-type courses designed to encourage low scoring. “It&aposs only one week and there&aposs different variations of golf course over here that will test every single part of your game,” said Rumford, who is renowned for the quality of his short game in Europe. “I haven&apost played here (The USA). This is my first tournament out so (I&aposve played) three in total in my whole career, in eight years,” he said. “I can&apost really make an actual assumption of how my game is actually going to be suited to the rest of the golf courses out here or how my year is going to go.” “I&aposm just going to take it one week at a time, just going to keep on working on aspects of my game that need strengthening.” “I haven&apost got any sights on wanting to win or expecting to win or playing in majors, I just want to focus on playing good golf,” he said. Indeed, Rumford has declared he is using the year in the United States as an opportunity to see whether he even enjoys playing on the Tour. “I know it&aposs the biggest and the greatest tour in the world but, at the end of the day, you have to be happy as well, and my personality may or may not suit this tour,” said Rumford. “I&aposm still yet to decide.” “I&aposve really enjoyed Europe. I loved my eight years and predominantly that&aposs why I had no rush to get out here (to the USA).” “I enjoyed playing there, I loved the atmosphere of Europe, the courses, the competition.” “Now that I&aposve come across here, it&aposs a matter of just playing out the year and, of course I want to try to still get in all the majors and I want to excel in every tournament I play in, but it&aposs also about getting a feel for the tour.” “A lot of guys have actually come across here and found that it&aposs not that much fun so they&aposve gone back to alternative tours,” he said.