Five Kiwis make cut at Perth World Super 6 golf as Australian Brett Rumford leads
Five of six New Zealand golfers made the cut at the World Super 6 golf event in Perth.
European PGA Tour pro Ryan Fox leads the way for the Kiwis after the second round at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club, carding a four-under 68 on Friday to move to seven-under and a tie for 10th, while Michael Long was the next best at six-under and a tie for 17th after posting his second straight three-under 69.
Fox and Long are currently in position to make the top-24 cut after the third round on Saturday, but the other three Kiwis to reach the weekend - Michael Hendry, Mark Brown and Ben Campbell (-2, T53) - have work to do to make the matchplay phase of the tournament on Sunday.
Josh Geary was the only Kiwi to miss the cut, carding a two-over 74 to finish at -1 in a tie for 68th.
The innovative tournament format will see the top-24 golfers after the third round enter a six-hole matchplay bracket to decide the winner.
Players in a tie for 24th after the third round, will face a sudden death playoff. The top-eight golfers after three rounds will earn a first-round bye in the matchplay phase (tied golfers separated on countback). Any matchplay rounds tied after six holes, will head to a specifically-designed 90m hole, incorporating the 18th green, for a sudden-death playoff.
Fox rose into contention after three birdies at the fourth, 11th and 13th holes and an eagle at the par-five 15th, after bogeying the first. Long made four birdies in the space of five holes on the back-nine in his round, which included five birdies overall and two bogeys.
Hendry and Brown were steady, with Hendry posting three birdies and two bogeys in a one-under 71 and Brown four birdies and a bogey in a three-under 69, while Campbell rode the rollercoaster with five birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey in his one-over 73.
Meanwhile at the top of the leaderboard, Australian Brett Rumford continued his hot form while tree puncher David Bransdon was Friday's surprise packet.
Rumford, who took a share of the lead on Thursday with an opening round six-under 66, produced more gold in his second round to take the outright lead at 13-under.
Bransdon, who produced a sparkling eight-under 64 in his second round, sat one stroke further back.
Steven Jeffress (10 under), Lucas Herbert (nine under) and Johannes Veerman (nine under) rounded out the top five.
Star amateur Curtis Luck (three-under) ensured he would make it through to the weekend after producing a solid 69 in his second round.
But world No 11 Alex Noren missed the cut by one stroke after finishing at one-under.
Bransdon, a former top NSW amateur, turned professional in 1995. But, he's hardly set the world on fire.
The 43-year-old has won just two events in his career - the Queensland Open and the Blackburn Heritage Classic.
Although wins have been limited, Bransdon did hit the headlines last decade when he broke his hand while playing a tournament after punching a tree in frustration.
The world No 593 was thrilled with his second round at the World Super 6, with his sights set on earning a seeding heading into the final round.
Rumford said he was keen to lock down one of the top-eight seedings.
"That's one less lottery round you have to deal with, isn't it?" Rumford said.
"That's definitely a huge bonus qualifying inside that top eight, so it's definitely something I am thinking about.
"That's why it's going to be so unique and so interesting as well. There's sort of cuts within cuts this week."
The tournament is being billed as the first of its kind at this level.
But a similar event was trialled several years ago in Victoria, and Bransdon was one of the players who took part.
"I didn't even make the match play," Bransdon said of that event, which was dubbed the Suncoast Knockout.
"So it would be nice to get to that part of it on Sunday. I'll give myself a good opportunity to get there.
"I've obviously got another round to go, but I'm excited about Sunday."
British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and former Perth International champion Thorbjorn Olesen are lurking dangerously at seven-under.
Robert Allenby (six-under) was on track for a big charge up the leaderboard before producing a triple-bogey on the par-five 15th.
- Stuff, AAP