NEXT week’s Fiji International looms large on the radar of Lucas Herbert as he aims to turn a British Open full of promise into regular starts in big events.
Herbert made the cut at the weekend’s Open Championship before finishing tied for 51st, compounded by a disappointing bogey, double-bogey finish on the final two holes.
It cost him vital points in the Eurpoean Tour order of merit, in which he needs to finish within the top 110 players to retain his European Tour card.
“I need to get into the top 110 but I’m not sure how many starts I’ll have to do it,” he said.
“I will get to play the Dunhill Links because of my position on the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit but there are no guarantees beyond that.
“So the Fiji International is a pretty important week for me in the big picture and I’m really looking forward to the chance to perform.”
Herbert will rely on sponsors invitations and other workarounds for starts, so every result counts more than ever.
But the ever-confident 22-year-old isn’t fazed by the pressure.
“This is what professional golf is. Everyone experiences pressure in their jobs… I’ve got a pretty important three months coming up and I’ve just got to nail it.”
The power-hitting Herbert is playing in Germany this weekend before flying to Fiji next week.