Inspired by Adam Scott’s Masters victory, Australian Brett Rumford sank a four-foot eagle
putt on the first play-off hole to win the Ballantine’s Championship at Blackstone Golf Club in Korea late April.
Earlier, Scotland’s Peter Whiteford faced a similar-length birdie putt on the last hole to win in regulation play, but missed it to card a 69 and join a playoff with Rumford and fellow Australian Marcus Fraser, who had each shot 68 to finish 11-under (277).
Frenchman Romain Wattel (69) finished fourth on nine-under, one ahead of tournament drawcard Louis Oosthuizen (69), the 2010 Open champion.
While Whiteford was signing his card, Rumford made a phone call to swing coach Pete Cowen in England to help him regroup following tee-shots into the trees on holes 17 and 18. After practicing on the first tee, Rumford’s fresh ‘swing thought’ helped him drive long and straight on the 543-yard, par-five 18th sudden-death.
He then struck a tournament-winning 5-iron to four feet for an eagle putt he needed to sink, with Whiteford holing his seven-foot birdie putt and Fraser, the 2010 winner, only left with a short birdie putt.
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