Brett Rumford in a Breakaway at Ballantine’s Championship
Seoul, South Korea – Australian Brett Rumford posted the lowest round of the second day at the Blackstone Golf Course and has a decent three-shot lead ahead of the rest of the field going to the weekend.
Last year’s runner-up has a great chance to improve his position by one spot as he sailed through the Friday round with nine birdies and no bogey to sign for -9 (63). His closest pursuers, Søren Kjeldsen and Miguel Angel Jimenez, share the second position with seven under par. The leader after round one, Damien McGrane, went the second round in par and dropped to tied fourth position with Rhys Davies and James Morrison. They are all at -6 for the tournament, four shots of the lead.
Rumford’s round was three shots better than anyone else has managed so far this week. “I haven’t come into this week with that great of form technically but this is a funny game,” said the three-time European Tour winner, whose last title dates back to 2007. “It's a fickle game and it changes from week to week. I guess the last two weeks, not playing so well, I’ve just been really grinding every round out. And I guess it’s striking a little better this week and rolling my putter nicely as I’ve done the last two weeks.”
Like Rumford, Kjeldsen also started the day one under but thanks to a great streak of six birdies in seven holes from the 18th to the 6th he moved 17 places up the leaderboard to the second after Friday. “Got off to a little bit of a slow start and then when I caught fire, I kept it going,” Kjeldsen said. He shares the second place with the popular Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who had a very good round too, signing for -5 (67).
While world number one Lee Westwood is still in play after posting -4 (68) and moving up to tied 11th, Ian Poulter and Ernie Els finished at +2, just below the 36-hole cut line.
Second round leaderboard:
1) Brett Rumford (AUS) 71-63 (134, -10)
2) Søren Kjeldsen (DEN) 71-66 (137, -7)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 70-67
4) Rhys Davies (WAL) 70-68 (138, -6)
James Morrison (ENG) 69-69
Damien McGrane (IRL) 66-72
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