Date: August 20, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Herbie roars into Euro card calculations

Lucas Herbert has one hand on a 2019 European Tour card.

Herbert, 22, took another big step in a breakout year today, storming home to finish fifth in the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The Victorian, who is playing with only affiliate status, has risen to 98th on the tour’s Race to Dubai rankings, with the top 110 at season’s end to earn their 2019 card.

Herbert, who recently made the cut in his first crack at The Open Championship, has now had three top-five finishes on the European Tour this year, plus his share of seventh at last year’s Australian PGA Championship.

In addition to those results, he was also T6 at the Australian Open and was T8 at the Singapore Open where he earnt his Open berth.

Having played on invitation in Gothenburg, Herbert’s top 10 also ensures him the added bonus of a berth in the Czech Masters in Prague this week without having to use one of his three remaining invites.

“I’m pumped for Prague, now,” Herbert said.

“Getting into that top 100 is my goal by the end of the season … so it’s getting closer.”

Herbert kickstarted his huge Nordea finish with a 10-foot eagle putt on the short par-four 12th hole at the Hills Golf Club.

He then had four more birdies in his closing six holes to finish with a 66 and just three shots adrift of a playoff eventually won by England’s Paul Waring over South African Thomas Aiken.

It was also a good week for Adelaide’s Adam Bland, who closed with a 70 to finish in a share of 70th after four quality rounds, while Richard Green (T45) and Jason Scrivener (T61) also made the cut.