• Volvo China Open, Round Four

Rumford makes it two on the spin in China

ESPN staff
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Brett Rumford signed for a last round 68 © Getty Images
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Australia's Brett Rumford made it back-to-back wins on the European Tour by claiming victory at the China Open on Sunday.

Rumford entered the tournament off the back of a success at the Ballantine's Championship last week, and he followed it up with a comfortable four-stroke triumph at Binhai Lake Golf Club.

Carding his second 68 of the week, Rumford closed on an overall score of 16-under-par. His closest challenge came from Finland's Mikko Ilonen.

The 35-year-old had begun the final round with a one-shot advantage over Ilonen, and his lead grew to three strokes at the turn after birdies at two, five and six. More impressive, though, was a superb bunker escape at nine that saved bogey.

There were three more birdies between 12 and 14 for Rumford, who had enough of a cushion to afford himself a couple of late errors en route to victory.

"As with last week I am kind of speechless at the moment, it's quite surreal," Rumford told Sky Sports. "It's really hard to try and go back-to-back, it's the first time I've actually played the week after a win so I am more than pleased.

"It's quite a feat, it's very special."

Paul Casey was the highest finishing Brit, closing on seven-under to tie for eighth. Elsewhere Paul Lawrie completed on five-under while Edoardo Molinari achieved par for the tournament to finish 41st.

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