Lucas Herbert Profile
|Born||Dec 05, 1995|
|Birthplace||Bendigo, Victoria, Australia|
Lucas Herbert is one of Australia’s best golfers and moved into the top 50 in the world rankings after wins on both the PGA and European Tours in 2021.
Herbert is an Australian golfer making his mark on both sides of the Atlantic after splitting his time between the PGA and European Tours.
The man from Victoria started playing on the European Tour in 2018 via sponsor exemptions.
He won his first European Tour event in January 2020 when landing the Dubai Desert Classic.
Herbert stepped it up in 2021, capturing the European Tour's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in July and then winning the PGA Tour's Butterfield Bermuda Championship in October.
The latter victory moved him to a career-high 43rd in the world rankings.
Herbert went close to winning on the PGA Tour of Australasia as an amateur when losing a play-off at the 2013 Lexus of Blackburn Heritage.
The following year he was part of a three-man Aussie team that contested the Eisenhower Trophy in Japan.
Australia finished tied fifth of the 67 teams while Herbert was tied second in the individual event (-20) to a certain Jon Rahm (-23).
Turning pro and early European Tour success
Herbert turned pro in 2015 and focused on his home PGA Tour of Australasia.
He finished runner-up in both the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open and the 2017 New South Wales Open but gained more attention later that year when finishing sixth in the Australian Open and seventh in the Australian PGA.
Clearly one of Australia's brightest talents, Herbert began to make a mark on the European Tour in 2018 after initially being given his chance via sponsor exemptions.
He bagged top threes at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth and the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open before adding a top five in the Nordea Masters.
His best run came in the autumn via second place in the Portugal Masters, seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and third in the British Masters.
That hot run took him all the way to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and he eventually finished his rookie season an impressive 47th on the Race to Dubai.
Second-season dip and doubts over future
Herbert started 2019 well, registering a seventh place in the Dubai Desert Classic.
But he managed just one more top 10 that season - an eighth in the European Masters - and finished only 107th on the Race to Dubai.
During that slump, he told the PGA Golf Club podcast: "Halfway through the year, when I came home from the Irish and Scottish Opens, I didn't even know if I wanted to play anymore because I just didn't enjoy the game.
"I was like if I lose my Tour card this year, I'll happily go home and get a job as a chippy or a carpenter or something like that."
Breakthrough first win
After the disappointments and crash of 2019, Herbert turned the corner in stunning style at the start of 2020.
Playing in his 50th European Tour event, he came from six back after 54 holes to reach a play-off with Christiaan Bezuidenhout at January's Dubai Desert Classic.
Despite finding water at the first extra hole he saved par to stay alive and then birdied 18 next time around to secure his first European Tour win.
Herbert was runner-up in the New Zealand Open four starts later and, in the summer, added seventh in the Irish Open and fourth in the Scottish Open.
He finished 14th on the Race to Dubai despite playing in just 12 events (making the cut in 10 of them).
Second European Tour win and a breakthrough PGA Tour victory
Herbert had a modest start to 2021 before gaining confidence with back-to-back top 20s on the PGA Tour with 18th at Memorial and 19th at the Travelers Championship.
A week after the latter, he crossed the Atlantic and scored a brilliant wire-to-wire victory in the Irish Open at Mount Juliet. He followed that with fourth in the Scottish Open.
Herbert attempted to win his PGA Tour card via the Korn Ferry Tour but, despite a fourth in the Boise Open, he fell short.
However, he achieved his goal by shooting 70-65-65-69 to land the 2021 Bermuda Championship in October.
The win came on just his 20th start on the PGA Tour and put him 43rd in the world rankings.
Struggles in the Majors
Despite being a winner on both sides of the Atlantic, Herbert has struggled at the very top level.
He played his first Majors in 2018, missing the cut in the US Open and settling for 51st in the Open Championship.
Herbert contested just one Major in 2019, finishing 71st in the PGA Championship. He missed the cut in that event in 2020 before posting his best finish so far with 31st in the US Open.
In 2021 he was again 71st in the PGA and then missed the cut at the Open.
He's played in four World Golf Championships with a best of 36th in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
His parents are Lyndon and Meredith Herbert and have been huge supporters of their son's career.
According to various sources, Herbert is worth between $1-5million.