Rumford aiming for Tour hat-trick

Brett Rumford will aim to do something last achieved by Seve Ballesteros, but simply staying awake might prove enough of a challenge for the in-form Australian.

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Rumford is seeking a third win in succession at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria after victories in the Ballantine's Championship and Volvo China Open.

Ballesteros was the last player to do so on the European Tour in 1986, although it is safe to say his preparation for tournaments in Ireland, Monte Carlo and Spain would have been somewhat different to that of Rumford.

The 35-year-old explained: "After China I went back home to Perth on Sunday night. I didn't get too much sleep on the flight of course. Tuesday was my twin girls' second birthday so we spent it with them celebrating.

"On Wednesday I slept for about five hours and packed the bags once again to fly back to the UK. I got in on Thursday and obviously travelling with twins I didn't sleep for another 36 hours or so.

"So this week has just been about trying to recover and get the stamina to be able to take on 36 holes a day for the duration of the event hopefully, if I can make it that far."

As one of the unseeded players in the 24-man field Rumford will definitely have to play 36 holes on Friday, taking on Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Jamie Donaldson in the Gary Player Group.

The top two players in each of the eight three-man groups will advance to the last 16 on Saturday morning, with the winners of those matches playing in the quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon.

The semi-finals and final will then be held on Sunday at Thracian Cliffs, a spectacular course - designed by Player - which runs alongside the Black Sea in Kavarna.

Five of last year's triumphant Ryder Cup team will be competing for the first prize of 800,000 euros, with defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts joined by 2011 winner Ian Poulter, Peter Hanson, Francesco Molinari and Graeme McDowell.

Henrik Stenson is the only player in the field to have received an invite rather than qualifying by right, but the Swede comes into the event in good form after finishing fifth in the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday.

"I'm pleased with my performance last week," Stenson said. "I've had some good weeks this spring (he was also second in the Houston Open) and it seems like I'm heading in the right direction for sure."

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