Australian Brett Rumford says it’s a shame his five-shot lead will count for nothing on Sunday when the World Super 6 switches to match play.
Rumford recovered from a slow start on Saturday to post a four-under-par 68 in his third round, taking his overall tally to 17 under.
It gave Rumford a five-shot buffer over a group of six golfers tied for second spot.
Under normal circumstances, Rumford would be the hottest of favourites to win the tournament from this point given his sizeable lead.
But unfortunately for the world No.274, the World Super 6 switches to match play in the final round, with the top 24 golfers thrust into a series of knockout, six-hole battles.
Rumford at least earns a seeding after finishing in the top eight, meaning he gets to skip the first round of match play.
But he could be knocked out in the round of 16 if he loses his first contest.
Rumford was thrilled with his hot form but felt a bit sad his big lead effectively counted for nothing.
“Someone had to finish in this situation, didn’t they? It’s a bit of a shame,” Rumford said.
Australians Jason Scrivener, Adam Blyth, Lucas Herbert and Steven Jeffress all earned seedings after finishing equal second at 12 under.
British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and Canadian Austin Connelly also finished at 12 under to earn a bye during the first round of match play.
Star amateur Curtis Luck missed the top-24 cut by four strokes after finishing at four under.
Oosthuizen feels like a defending champion of sorts after winning the now-defunct Perth International last year.
The world No.25 enjoys plenty of match-play fun with friends, but it isn’t often he plays it in tournaments.
“Our normal game is just play for 20 bucks,” Oosthuizen said.
“It’s more about the pride of winning than it is anything else.
“It’s just always good fun playing with your mates and, sometimes, I think I get more nervous playing them than playing a tournament.”
West Australian Scrivener finished third last year at the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup, and was looking forward to featuring in the match play.
But he also wants to make good use of his seeding.
“I can have a bit of a sleep in tomorrow,” Scrivener said.
“It’s nice to be able to skip that first round of match play.
“My goal was to be part of the match play, whether I was 24th or eighth.
“I haven’t played match play (in a tournament) for about 10 years, so we’ll find out tomorrow how I go.”