Pain-free Rumford a NSW Open contender

Brett Rumford is a winner of nine professional golf tournament across the globe

After 20 years competing on the European tour - and earning about $11.5 million - something probably had to give for popular Australian golfer Brett Rumford.

The 42-year-old is finally pain-free again and seeking a first title since February 2017 at this week's NSW Open in Sydney, having undergone right wrist surgery a year ago.

The six-time winner on the European Tour struggled this year and lost his full card, though he can still get some starts in the new season as an injury exemption.

"My wrist is starting to feel better. It's just a matter of getting things going again," Rumford told RSN.

"It will never be the same. There is quite a lot of reduced movement in the actual wrist.

"But it's pain free. So I can actually get out there and hit golf balls. That's the main thing."

The pain from his injury had badly affected his golf game.

"Last year was just a dead year for me unfortunately," he said

"I was hitting shanks quite regularly as the wrist bent in my back swing."

Rumford was one of 12 late additions to the NSW Open field, accepting an invitation after the postponement of the European Tour's Hong Kong Open - which was also due to start on Thursday.