Date: October 08, 2018
Author: Martin Blake

Herbert pushing for Dubai start

Marcus Fraser faded on the final day at St Andrews but compatriot Lucas Herbert continues to thrive on the European Tour, all but booking a start in the season-ending tour championship.

Victorian Fraser began the last day of the Dunhill Links Championship with a chance of a groundbreaking win, but he was swept away by winner Lucas Bjerregaard, of Denmark, in cold and blustery conditions at the home of golf.

Fraser closed with a 77 to finish 10th, a result that nevertheless shows that he is emerging from a couple of years of injury-riddled difficulty.

But it was the 22-year-old Herbert, of Bendigo, who came out of the pack again, remarkably logging his seventh top-10 finish of the season while playing on limited affiliate status.

Herbert carded a final-round 70 to finish T7 at nine under par, banking another 107,000 Euros.

The former top amateur began 2018 with only Australasian tour status; he is now confirmed as a full European Tour card-holder for next season and, at No.50 on the Race to Dubai rankings, he is inside the top 60 players who will contest the lucrative Dubai World Championship, worth $US8 million, in November.

Herbert has won 650,000 Euros this season in 17 tournaments.

Two other Aussies also banked important cheques with in-form Jason Scrivener, of Western Australia, carding a 69 to finish at -6 and T24, while Geelong's Deyen Lawson took advantage of his first full-blown European Tour start with a closing 70 to reach -5 and T28.

Emerging Queenslander Jake McLeod, while not chuffed with his closing 74, also had a lucrative week with a T48 finish earning him almost 18,000 Euros.