Rumford was born and grew up in Perth, Western Australia. He started playing golf at age ten, quickly showing a natural eye-hand coordination which translated to a well-respected short game. He represented Australia in amateur golf (teamed with future PGA Tour players Aaron Baddeley and Brendan Jones along with Kim Felton) and was a member of the elite AIS golf program. He has always been known for his quiet personality and tremendous work ethic, which has helped him bounce back from ‘flat’ parts of his career.
In 1999, Rumford won the PGA Tour of Australasia’s ANZ Players Championship as an amateur, and he turned professional the following year. He has been a member of the European Tour since 2001, and has won five European Tour events, the 2003 Aa St Omer Open, the 2004 Irish Open, the 2007 Omega European Masters, the 2013 Ballantine’s Championship and the 2013 Volvo China Open. His best year-end ranking on the Order of Merit has been 37th in 2004.
Rumford played on the PGA Tour in 2008, after earning his card through qualifying school, finishing the season ranked 149th in the FedEx Cup standings. He returned to play on the European Tour in 2009.
In April 2013, Rumford won for the fourth time on the European Tour and for the first time in six years at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea. In a sudden-death playoff, Rumford eagled the first extra hole to defeat Marcus Fraser and Peter Whiteford. In the playoff, after both opponents had failed to reach the par-five 18th in two, Rumford fired his approach to within four feet of the hole to set up the eagle and seal victory. The following week he continued his good form winning the Volvo China Open, his fifth on the European Tour, his score of âˆ’16 giving him a four stroke winning margin over Mikko Ilonen. With this win he became the 31st golfer to win consecutive events on the European Tour and the first since Branden Grace in January 2012 and moved to the top of the Race to Dubai standings.