SEOUL, South Korea – Australia's Brett Rumford eagled the first hole of a three-way playoff to win the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea on Sunday.
Rumford was leading by two shots when he double-bogeyed No. 17. He holed a 10-foot par putt at the last to finish at 11-under 277 and force a playoff with Marcus Fraser of Australia and Peter Whiteford of Scotland.
Rumford then holed a 4-foot eagle to earn the victory.
''I battled today with my driver constantly as I was leaking a few drives right, including the whole back nine when I was feeling stuck, so I had a quick word to Pete (coach Peter Cowen) and then hit about five or six balls off the first tee, and that did the trick ... it's a funny game because it was an absolute roller-coaster ride of emotions out there this afternoon,'' said Rumford.
''Of course, what happened at 17 made my work a whole lot more difficult but I'm really pleased with my result.''
''Scotty's win was a huge inspiration to all of us,'' he said. ''It's just good on the European Tour side of things as we needed to make a shift and get a few runs on the board because the Aussie guys in the U.S. have been doing a great job.''
Rumford started his final round in sizzling manner with six birdies in his opening nine holes including four in succession from the sixth hole.
Whiteford let slip a maiden European Tour win in his 142nd event when he missed a five-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
South African Louis Oosthuizen, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, shot a final-round 69 to finish three strokes behind the leaders in a share of fifth place.
However, for a second day running the former Open champion came unstuck at the par-three No. 13, recording a double bogey and a day after walking off the same hole with a triple bogey.
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee produced the lowest final-round score of 65 to finish among five players tied in sixth at 7 under.