Lucas Herbert – file photo – image PGA of Australia
Despite a disappointing double bogey at his 17th hole in today’s third round of the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, Victorian golfer, Lucas Herbert finds himself in a share of 7th position as the event heads into tomorrow’s final round.
Herbert is playing the event courtesy of his performance on money lists internationally and with an outward nine of 33 today he was well inside the top ten and playing beautifully.
He missed the green at the 10th and took bogey but a stunning tee shot at the 16th to six feet led to a birdie before a mini disaster at the 17th where he found the water with his approach and dropped two shots.
For Herbert however, a winner in Dubai on the European Tour in 2020 and a with five other top five finishes on that tour along with runner-up finishes at both the NSW and New Zealand Opens, he continues to build on his professional career.
Although some seven shots behind current joint leaders, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, Herbert is well placed to record his best ever PGA Tour finish and the manner in which he has handled the Memorial layout and competed against such a strong field augurs well for his ongoing career.
The shock of the event came at the completion of previous winner Jon Rahm’s third round during which he recorded a round of 64 to lead the event by six shots.
Soon after his round he was informed he had tested positive to Covid and has been forced to withdraw from the event.
Rahm had been tested after round two and before round three as a result of him coning into contact with a positive person earlier and the diagnosis was determined during his third round of play.
Adam Scott is two behind Herbert and tied for 16th while Marc Leishman is further back and the only other Australian to make the cut.