Lucas Herbert in action today – courtesy of European Tour

Two weeks ago, Lucas Herbert headed the Australians at the US Open, last week he finished 7th at the Irish Open and today he finds himself in the lead at the half-way stage of the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

All of this comes on top year which has seen a reduced schedule but one that saw him win the Dubai Desert Classic and finish runner-up at the New Zealand Open earlier in the year.

Herbert began 2020 outside the top 200 in the world but now sits in 79th place and, if he is able to continue to play well this weekend, the Victorian will advance considerably higher in the world rankings.

Herbert leads by one over England’s Robert Rock with another shot back to Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter, adding a second round of 65 to his opening 66.

Already 7th in the Race to Dubai rankings for 2020, Herbert would advance to 6th if he was to win this week’s US$7 million dollar event.

Despite his recent good form Herbert was not all that keen on his prospects starting the event.

“Yeah, I’m pretty happy,” said a relieved Herbert. “To be honest I turned up here on Wednesday and hit it all over the place. Sort of not really expecting too much the last few days, but it’s kind of all come together nicely, and yeah, pretty happy.

“Links golf is a lot of fun, and yeah, it’s definitely a different challenge from probably what we play most of the year. I mean, it takes some imagination, and I feel like I’ve got a fair bit of that, so yeah, it’s good fun.

“You come back here every year and you kind of learn new things and add to your knowledge about the golf course, things that you just don’t spot the first time around, so the more times you can play it the better.”

South Australian, Wade Ormsby, who has missed the cut in his last three starts on the European Tour, has done well to be tied for 9th and five behind Herbert while last week’s third placed Maverick Antcliff is the next best of the Australians in a share of 28th.