Lucas Herbert

BENDIGO golfer Lucas Herbert continues to display outstanding form and maturity on the world stage, with another top 10 finish last weekend on the European Tour.

Playing against some of the best golfers in the world, Herbert finished the lucrative Alfred Dunhill Links Championship tournament at nine under, after shooting rounds of 70, 70, 69 and 70 in a display of consistency and confidence that earned the 22-year-old more than 107,000 euros.

In a remarkable breakout year, Herbert has won almost $950,000 from 17 tournaments on the European tour, and this week’s equal seventh finish in the Alfred Dunhill Links championship sees the prodigious talent now in 50th place in the Race to Dubai rankings.

His world ranking has improved from 226 at the start of the year to 104, having soared from just inside the top 2000 just two years ago.

The multi Bendigo Sports Star of the Year monthly nominee seems likely to contest the lucrative Dubai World Championship, worth $US8 million, in November, and his consistency on the European circuit, where he has achieved seven top 10 finishes belies his youth and relative inexperience.

Herbert also earned an entry into the British Masters field as a result of his top-10 finish at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, despite still being classified as an affiliate member.

Herbert was due to play last night’s opening round with Spanish pair Pablo Larrazabal and Pedro Oriol, with the tournament being played at the Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey.