Lee Westwood, Brett Rumford tied for Perth European Tour lead

Lee Westwood, of England, watches his shot on the third hole. (John Minchillo/AP)

PERTH, Australia — 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.

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