Brett Rumford: Said phone call helped get him back on track
Brett Rumford revealed that a phone call to coach Pete Cowan helped him win the Ballantine's Championship in a play-off.
Two shots clear with two to play, Rumford had double bogeyed the 17th to slip back into a tie for the lead and, after a second successive wild drive, had to scramble a par at the last to make a play-off with Aussie compatriot Brett Rumford and Scotland's Peter Whiteford.
However, he then hit two beautiful shots at the first extra hole to take the title with a stunning eagle.
Explaining the dramatic turnaround, the 35-year-old form Perth revealed: "I battled with my driver constantly, that's what keeps me out of most golf
tournaments most weeks, but Pete's done a tremendous job.
"I left a few drives right, it was not just 17 and 18. The whole back nine I was feeling a bit stuck but I had a quick word with Pete, hit five or six balls off the first tee (as a warm-up) and it obviously did the trick."
An emotional Rumford also thanked his wife after securing his first European Tour win since 2007.
"I'm really lost for words at the moment. There are so many people I need to thank, starting with my wife Sally. It's been hard golf-wise and raising twins (born in 2011) is not easy; the last couple of years has been trying.
"She's an amazing lady - her birthday was on Saturday - and a great support to me, it's why I am standing here."
There was also a mention for Adam Scott, who became the first Australian to win The Masters earlier this month.
"Scotty's win was a huge inspiration to all of us," said Rumford.