by Agence France-Presse
Australia’s Brett Rumford and Mark Foster of England shared the first-round lead at the European Tour’s revolutionary new World Super 6 Perth event at Lake Karrinyup on Thursday. The Perth native fired an opening round six-under 66 along with Foster.
There were 21 players within two shots of the lead as players vied to make it into Sunday’s innovative new six-hole match play knockout format. The European Tour is trying to sex up golf for a 21st century audience and hopes the Perth event, and the recently announced GolfSixes over two days in England, in May will attract a new generation of fans.
A regular cut will take place after Friday’s second round of strokeplay before the field is cut to 24 players for Sunday’s finale in what is a first for the European Tour.
Rumford, who finished fifth at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast last December, said he was looking to continue his good form in his homeland after losing playing privileges last season.
There was a group of 10 players a shot off the lead containing American duo Casey O’Toole and Johannes Veerman, Englishman Robert Dinwiddie, German Sebastian Heisele and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara. Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Phacara Khongwatmai and Pavit Tangkamolprasert were among those on four under.
The 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa was three shots off the lead and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen was a stroke further back after a two-under 70.