European Tour

Herbert puts ice on hold ahead of Vic Open

Lucas Herbert (Getty Images)
Lucas Herbert (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Lucas Herbert is eyeing more silverware at the Vic Open this week, just a fortnight after winning his first European Tour title at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Herbert is from the city of Bendigo, approximately 200 kilometres from 13th Beach Golf Links, host venue of the Vic Open since 2013.

The 24-year-old is looking forward to enjoying support from family and friends this week, but insists that the champagne is on ice after his play-off victory against Christiaan Bezuidenhout at Emirates GC.

"I don't turn up to any tournament just to enjoy it. You want to win every event you tee it up in. I'm definitely not here this week for a bit of a party with my friends," said Herbert.

He will be joined in the first two rounds by 2018 Dubai Desert Classic champion Haotong Li and three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser.

Li made his third appearance as a professional on Australian soil in 2011, and is making his Vic Open debut this week.

"This is my first time playing in a tournament like this, but I think it's a great idea and to grow the game and let more people realise golf can be a little bit different. It's going to be an interesting week, but I'm enjoying it so far," said Li.           

The Vic Open sees men's and women's tournaments played concurrently on the same golf courses for equal prize money. The first two rounds are played on the Beach and Creek Courses at Barwon Heads, with all the weekend's action moving to the Beach Course. All days are played with men's and women's alternating groups.

The 36-hole cut sees both tournaments reduced to the top 60 and ties, with the top 35 and ties making a second cut which takes place after the third round.

The men's event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, while the women's event is co-sanctioned by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Australia Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG).

- European Tour

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