SUNDAY APRIL 28, 2013 – BALLANTINE’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Brett Rumford (Getty Images)
• His fourth European Tour International Schedule victory in his 297th European Tour event.
• Moves into the top 120 of the Official World Golf Ranking from 253rd.
• His first European Tour victory since the 2007 Omega European Masters – a gap of five years and 231 days.
• Played in 121 European Tour events between victories.
• This victory beats his previous best performances since his 2007 victory of second in the 2010 and 2012 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and tied second at the 2010 Ballantine’s Championship.
• This victory beats his previous best 2013 performance of tied 12th in the Africa Open.
• The second Australian to win the Ballantine’s Championship, following Marcus Fraser in 2010.
• Victory comes in his fifth appearance in the Ballantine’s Championship.
• Victory beats his previous best performance in the Ballantine’s Championship of tied second in 2010.
• In his five appearances has not finished lower than tied 20th. He was tied 15th in 2009, tied second in 2010, tied seventh in 2011, tied 20th in 2012 and first in 2013.
• Began the final day two strokes behind. Is the fifth player to win on the 2013 season after making a final round comeback.
• Maintains his 100% record in European Tour play-offs, of played two, won two. His first extra-time victory was at the 2007 Omega European Masters.
• Is the second player to win on The European Tour this season finishing with an eagle, following Chris Wood (Commercial Bank Qatar Masters). (Wood produced his eagle at the final hole of regulation play).
• Is the first player to win a European Tour play-off with an eagle since Matteo Manassero beat Louis Oosthuizen in the 2012 Barclays Singapore Open.
• Becomes the 110th Australian victory in European Tour history.
• Becomes the second Australian to win in the 2013 season, following Adam Scott (Masters Tournament).
• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of the 2015 season.
• Gains his largest European Tour prize of €367,500.
• Moves over €5 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.
• Gains a place in the 2013 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, 2013 WGC – HSBC Champions and 2014 Volvo Golf Champions.
• Gains his fifth win as a professional.
• Becomes the eighth former Challenge Tour Member to win on the 2013 European Tour. They are: Scott Jamieson (Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa), Louis Oosthuizen (Volvo Golf Champions), Jamie Donaldson (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Stephen Gallacher (Omega Dubai Desert Classic), Richard Sterne (Joburg Open), Marcel Siem (Trophée Hassan II), Raphaël Jacquelin (Open de España) and Brett Rumford (Ballantine’s Championship).
• Becomes the 315th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.