Brett Rumford still lead the ISPS Handa World Super 6 tournament after two rounds on Friday, but he had some company at the top.
European Tour vet Lee Westwood is the tournament’s co-leader through Friday’s action. Both men are 8-under through 36 holes as Rumford, a Perth native and the tournament’s defending champion, angles to make it two in a row.
“We both played well,” said Westwood. “We haven’t given too many shots away, made a few putts and I chipped in a couple of times. It’s been fun over the first couple of days.
“I’m just trying to shoot as low as possible. I know if I carry on playing like I’m playing and a few putts start to go in, because I didn’t really hole any putts today, I’ll be thereabouts on the leaderboard.
“To be perfectly honest, match play is anybody’s. You’re going to need a lot of luck to win it.”
Rumford was in the lead until bogeying #17, but the 44-year-old Westwood gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 18.
“I’m happy to have signed for 72,” said Rumford. “Happy to be tied for the lead and obviously happy that I’m in that top eight.
“You would have to lie to say that you’re not aware of your opponent, but I’m not playing against [Westwood], I’m not changing my game plan or swing thoughts or nothing, I’m just playing golf.”