Red-hot Rumford goes back-to-back in China

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It certainly has been a stirring three-week stretch for the Aussies.

On Sunday, Brett Rumford became the first Australian since Jack Newton in 1972 to go back-to-back on the European Tour, winning the Ballantine’s Championship and Volvo China Open in consecutive weeks.

“As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment,” he told reporters.

It’s the fourth and fifth career European Tour titles for Rumford, 35, who vaulted to the top of the Race to Dubai, with €811,806 ($1,064,873).

After beginning the final round one shot clear of Mikko Ilonen, Rumford made five birdies in a 10-hole stretch for a 4-under 68 and four-shot victory Sunday at Binhai Lake Golf Club.

Rumford became the 31st player to win consecutive titles on the European Tour, and first since Branden Grace went back-to-back at the Joburg Open and Volvo Golf Champions in January 2012.