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Brett Rumford is one round away from becoming only the third Australian to win back-to-back tournaments in the 41-year history of the European Tour.
Rumford shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday during the third round of the China Open on the Binhai Lake Golf Club course to move to 12 under, one stroke clear of Mikko Ilonen (73). The Finn led by three shots at the halfway mark.
The Australian ended a six-year drought by capturing the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea last week.
''It was a really tough day and a very tiring day, and I really started to feel it on the back nine,'' Rumford said. ''Things were starting to catch-up and I would have come across looking perhaps like a wet fish as I was just not in the mood to be playing golf. But I hung in really, really nicely as there was some really tired golf swings out there today, and I could feel the lethargy in my body.
''So tonight I will be doing my best to recover for tomorrow. But I did well to hang in there, and mentally I stayed with it but not physically.''
Jack Newton and Graham Marsh are the only two Australians to have won consecutive events on tour. Newton captured the 1972 Dutch Open and then the Benson and Hedges Festival, while Marsh claimed the 1977 Colgate World Match-Play followed by the Lancombe Trophy.
Pablo Larrazabal of Spain is next at 10 under after shooting a 69, making four birdies in a row from No. 10 but dropping two strokes in his last five holes.
Former Ryder Cup player Paul Casey of England, the 2006 China Open champion, bogeyed four of his closing six holes to shoot 72 and sit seven shots off the pace. Dou Ze-cheng, the 16-year-old Chinese amateur, also hit a 72 for a share of 30th place on 2 under.
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Brett Rumford has become the first Australian in 41 years to win back-to-back European Tour titles after capturing the China Open on Sunday.
Rumford shot a final-round 68 to win by four shots with a 16-under 272 total.
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China Open Leading Scores Leading scores Sunday from the China Open, a European and OneAsia tours event at the 7,667-yard (7,011-meter), par-72 Binhai Lakes Golf Club:
Final Round a-amateur Brett Rumford, Australia 68-67-69-68-272
Mikko Ilonen, Finland 69-63-73-71-276
Victor Dubuisson, France 71-72-66-68-277
Robert-Jan Derksen, Holland 66-70-73-69-278
Ricardo Santos, Portugal...
China Open Scores Scores Thursday from the China Open, played at the 7,667-yard, par-72 Binhai Golf Club:
First Round (a-amateur) Robert-Jan Derksen, Netherlands 34-32-66
Brett Rumford, Australia 35-33-68
Raphael Jacquelin, France 33-35-68
Kiradeck Aphibarnrat, Thailand 33-35-68
Park Sang-hyun, South Korea 36-33-69
Aaron Townsend, Australia 35-34-69
Terry Pilkadaris, Australia...