Good things keep happening for Lucas Herbert, firmly entrenched as one of Australian golf’s most promising young talents.
After a bumper Australian summer in which he played some of the best golf of his young career, Herbert is currently competing alongside the world’s best at the British Open in Scotland.
But it won’t be his major debut, that came after a brilliant sectional qualifying event in June, for which he has taken out a 2018 Bendigo Sports Star Monthly Award.
Herbert had to play his way into the US Open at Shinnecock Hills, and had to trek to Oregon to do so.
There he played in a sectional qualifying event with 81 other competitiors, hoping to book one of four spots at the US Open. Not only did he do that, he beat the field by three shots to win the qualifier and book his ticket to New York.
He told Golf Australia’s Inside The Ropes podcast the performance in Oregon surprised even him.
“I found something on the range, where I thought ‘maybe that’ll work’. I kind of trusted it,” he said.
“I was running three or four swing thoughts which my mental coach Jamie (Glazier) would probably not recommend.
“It was one of those days, every time you hit one near a bunker it seemed to kick away from it.”
While he endured a difficult first round on the challenging layout at Shinnecock Hills, he impressed in round two, carding a four-over-par round of 74.
He’ll be putting that experience to good use tomorrow in his second round, having begun his British Open campaign last night.
Herbert qualified based on his performance at the Australian Open in December, and told the Weekly in January that playing the British Open would be a dream come true.
He also had the chance to play practice rounds with Tiger Woods and Justin Rose at Carnoustie before teeing off in the first round.
But his week hasn’t all gone to plan. His golf clubs failed to make it to Scotland after leaving Australia, manufacturer TaylorMade providing a replacement set.
Herbert joins the likes of Commonwealth Games Gold Medal winner Aaron Wilson in the running for the 2018 Sports Star of the Year.