It's Rumford at the double in Tianjin

Australian shakes off Ilonen's challenge to land Volvo China Open, his second title in two weeks

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 May, 2013, 3:52am


Brett Rumford romped to his second title in as many weeks at the Volvo China Open yesterday in a tournament where the mainland's teenage golf stars staked a claim on future trophies.

The Australian swept to victory with a four-under-par 68 in the final round, winning by four shots to take top prize in the 20 million yuan tournament.

It followed his win at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea the previous week, capping a remarkable fortnight that has seen him soar up the world rankings from 253 to the mid-80s.

He finished at 16 under par, with Finland's Mikko Ilonen (71) in second place and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (68) third.

"It's surreal. I'm more than pleased, but it's not my doing completely - I have a great team around me," said Rumford.

Rumford started the day a shot ahead of playing partner Ilonen and they battled it out until the tournament was effectively settled in a three-hole stretch starting at the 12th. Rumford made three consecutive birdies while Ilonen had a pair of bogeys, leaving him resigned to second place.

"Mikko certainly put the pressure on me through the turn there, and obviously he was driving well, but it's amazing this game, how quickly it can turn," said Rumford.

Chinese teenager Dou Zecheng put in another credible effort with a 73 that saw him finish the tournament in the middle of the field at one under par - the same as defending champion Branden Grace.

The 16-year-old amateur qualifier, the youngest player ever to make the cut in the tournament's 19-year history, immediately set his sights on even greater glory. "I want more - I want to play in majors," he said, three weeks after 14-year-old compatriot Guan Tianlang stunned the golf world by making the cut at the US Masters.

Last Thursday, 12-year-old Ye Wocheng became the youngest player ever to start a European Tour or OneAsia event. Ye missed the cut by 14 after shooting a pair of 79s.