Herbert headed for Open

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

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Lucas Herbert is headed for Carnoustie. Photo: Andrew Perryman.
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LUCAS HERBERT will realise one of his golfing dreams later this year when he tees up at the British Open at Carnoustie.

The 22-year-old won a place in the prestigious tournament after a strong finish at the weekend’s Singapore Open.

Herbert finished with a share of eighth at the Singapore tournament, good enough to earn him a spot in the field for golf’s oldest major.

It comes after a brilliant summer, in which he finished second at the New South Wales open, tied for sixth at the Australian Open and tied for seventh at the Australian PGA.

With three birdies in his last five holes Herbert nabbed the final spot, finishing at six-under but in a tie with Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines and American Berry Henson.

The Official World Golf Ranking was used as a tiebreaker, with Herbert’s ranking of 274 enough to see him into the open field.

“To win a major is a career goal of mine so obviously the first step is to get into one,”Herbert said.

“To play in the open will be a great experience. 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 of experience by playing there and I’ll look to draw upon that.

“I remember watching Padraig Harrington winning the open after the play-off and Sergio (Garcia) just missing that putt just before. Those were my first memories of watching the open.”

Herbert will play at the open in July.

Meantime, local pro Andrew Martin took out last Friday’s Neangar Park pro-am in impressive fashion.

Martin, who played all his junior golf at the Eaglehawk course, shot a round of eight-under to win by one stroke from Matt Millar and Simon Hawkes.

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