Rumford the form horse ahead of World Super 6 matchplay
The line-up for the knockout matchplay phase of the World Super 6 Perth was confirmed on Saturday, but Brett Rumford could be forgiven for wishing he was playing in a standard strokeplay tournament.
This week's European Tour event features two cuts, with 24 players progressing from round three to a series of six-hole shootouts.
Yet the unique format means Rumford, who shot 68 to lead by five strokes at 17 under, will see his hard-earned advantage wiped out on Sunday.
The Australian will at least be one of eight players who earn a bye into the last 16.
Jason Scrivener (66), Austin Connelly (66), Louis Oosthuizen (67), Adam Blyth (68), Lucas Herbert (69) and Steven Jeffress (70) all finished Saturday on 12 under to secure the same privilege.
The last bye went to Jake Higginbottom, whose 66 represented the lowest third round of the six players on 11 under.
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An eight-man play-off using the 18th hole was required to determine the final five members of the top 24.
Sam Brazel, Jeev Milkha Singh, Matthew Millar and Duncan Stewart all made pars at the first attempt to book their places in the matchplay shootout, with 17-year-old Phachara Khongwatmai coming through two further holes to join them at the expense of Ryan Fox, Jordan Smith and Sebastian Heisele.