Westwood joins Rumford at the top in Perth

From ESPN - February 9, 2018

Former world No.1 Lee Westwood has blown into the lead at the World Super 6 Perth, but a late blip kept him neck-and-neck with defending champion Brett Rumford.

Westwood shot a two-under 70 in tricky winds on Friday to move to eight-under overall, alongside Rumford.

Perfect conditions greeted the field in round one but blustery winds on Friday meant it was much tougher to make a dent on the scorecard.

Rumford shot an eight-under 64 in round one but had to settle for an even-par 72 on Friday.

Westwood was on track to take the overall lead heading into round three before his short putt on the 18th hole rolled just wide.

Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen, Victorian Lucas Herbert and Thai Prom Meesawat are tied for second at seven-under.

Amateur Min Woo Lee is at five-under.

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (five-under) briefly shot to the lead on Friday before four-straight bogeys on his back nine saw him drop back to the pack.

England's 2016 Masters champion Danny Willett missed the cut after finishing a disastrous seven-over, while countryman Andrew 'Beef' Johnston (five-over) will also miss the weekend.

Rumford, a hometown hero, said the conditions on Friday were as tough as he had ever seen them at Lake Karrinyup.


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