01 Nov 2021 | Professional golf |
Herbert's triumph in Bermuda
by Martin Blake
Australian Lucas Herbert has won his first title on the US PGA Tour at just his third tournament as a full member.
The 25-year-old from Bendigo in central Victoria made a par at the 72nd hole to hold off American Patrick Reed and New Zealander Danny Lee by a shot and win the Bermuda Championship.
Herbert only secured his tour card at the Korn Ferry Championships in August. He had moved to Florida from Europe, where he won twice on the European Tour over the past 18 months.
He will now be ensconced inside the top 50 on the world rankings for the first time, giving him access to the major championships in 2022 starting with the Masters at Augusta National in April.
It also secures his playing rights in America for the next two seasons.
Herbert shot a closing 69, two under par at Port Royal Golf Club to come from four shots behind the 54-hole leader, Canadian Taylor Pendrith, but the leader made a double bogey at the 17th hole to concede.
Playing in the last group, Herbert knew that he needed a par to beat Reed having hit the lead with a bomb for birdie and a fist pump at the 14th. He put his approach in close, lipped out for birdie but tapped in for a par four and a winning 15-under par total.
“I mean it just opens up so many doors for me. It’s so exciting playing being able to play out here and pick a schedule. It’s been tough for the guys out of the Korn Ferry finals and regular-season category early this year, we haven’t got a lot of starts. To be out of that battle and be able to get ready for some of these big events, I’m looking forward to it so much.”
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