Westwood, Rumford tied for Perth European Tour lead

Australia's Brett Rumford watches his drive on the 6th tee during the third round of the Australian Open Golf championship in Sydney, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

PERTH, Australia (AP) Lee Westwood was tied for the lead with defending champion Brett Rumford after two rounds of the World Super 6 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Friday.

Rumford, who led by two strokes after the opening round, shot a par 72. Westwood had a 70 to move into the tie, with four other golfers a stroke behind.

Westwood and Rumford had 36-hole totals of 8-under 136.

The top 24 after three rounds play six-hole shootouts in the event co-sanctioned by three tours: European, Asian and PGA of Australia.

Westwood said his main priority was to finish in the top 24, rather than put pressure on himself to get a top-eight seeding.

”You’re going to need a lot of luck,” he said. ”It’s exciting for the fans and the format of the game. Golf needs something like that.”

Andrew (Beef) Johnston shot 73-76 to be 4 over, and missed the cut, which was par. He was a late replacement for fellow Englishman Tyrrell Hatton, who was the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 15 before withdrawing with a wrist injury.

Also missing the cut was another Englishman, Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, who shot rounds of 76-75 to be 7 over.