Bendigo touring professional golfer Lucas Herbert has punched his ticket to The Open Championship, making it eight Aussie players who will vie for the Claret Jug.
Herbert is an up-and-coming youngster of 22. His path to the British Open was cleared as he tied for eighth in the Singapore Open, which was won by 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia.
Herbert was impressive in his summer golf campaign, with top 10 finishes in the Australian Open and Australian PGA. He backed those with solid form in two starts in Asia and he will now be one of the Aussies in the field when The Open returns to Carnoustie in July.
He told the Herald Sun, “I’m so excited to be heading to The Open — a dream come true.”
Herbert has climbed the ranks all the way to 274th in the world, which does not sound all that impressive until you consider that the injury issues that have dogged Tiger Woods for several years had him ranked below 400. Anyone in the top 1000, who can get into the proper tournament, has the skill to jump up the rankings in short order and if a few putts fall and a few bounces go the right way, top 10 finishes and wins are well within the realms of possibility.
Herbert is the living proof. He went into the back nine of the Australian Open with a two-shot lead before being chased down by Cameron Davis, another Aussie who will join the field for the British Open.
“I played Carnoustie at The Amateur Championship, so I’ve seen the course in tournament conditions. It’s really tough, but I took away a lot experience of playing there and I’ll look to draw upon that,” Herbert told reporters.
The other members of the Aussie contingent for the 2018 Open Championship are Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Matt Jones, Brett Rumform, Adam Scott and Ian Baker-Finch.