Whirlwind week for Australian Open low am Lucas Herbert
30 Nov 2014
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Australian Open Championship, Victoria Golf Club, Lucas Herbert Rankings

Lucas Herbert
Lucas Herbert

ROSEBURY, Australia (Nov. 30, 2014) -- Lucas Herbert took his amateur career to the next level over the last two weeks in Australia.

Just a week removed from a heartbreaking double bogey on No. 18 resulted in an 11th place finish at the Australian Masters -- a top 10 would have given him entrance into the Australian Open -- Lucas made the long trip to Rosebury, qualified to get into the tournament with a birdie on No. 18, and finished as low amateur.

Not only that, but Herbert made his way to low amateur in style, passing the 54-hole amateur standout Todd Sinnott (who was at 2-under entering Sunday's final) with an amazing stretch of golf at Australian Golf Club. Herbert birdied the 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th to play his final nine holes in just 32 shots. And that was in conditions when most of the field (save the amazing Jordan Spieth, who fired a course record 63) struggled.

Herbert, 18, finished in a tie for 23rd, 16 shots behind runaway winner Jordan Spieth, but only one shot ahead of his fellow amateur and friend Ryan Ruffels and a single stroke behind world number one Rory McIlroy.

“I’m very pleased with the way I played today," Herbert told the Bendigo Advertiser. "I made a few good par saves and then to make a few birdies on the back nine was pleasing."

“The course was tough, so to come home like that gives me some confidence," he added. "Winning the leading amateur title is nice because this field basically included the best five amateur players in Australia."

A whirlwind week for a rising star that should be on any golf fan's raidar.

ABOUT THE Australian Open

The Australian Open is Golf Australia's National Open Men's Championship, and is sanctioned by the Australian PGA Tour and forms part of the ONEASIA series of events. Many of Australia's top amateurs qualify for the event.

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