Lucas Herbert – laying claims to a PGA Tour card – file photo Asian Tour

Lucas Herbert’s share of 4th place in the opening event of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, the Albertson’s Boise Open in Idaho, leaves him well placed to gain one of the 25 cards that will be handed out at the completion of the series at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship in two weeks’ time.

Herbert, who is in the field courtesy of his performances while playing events as a non-member of the PGA Tour, birdied four of his last six holes for a round of 66, improving eight spots from his overnight position.

The finish will go a long way to ensuring he finishes inside the top 25 players in the combined field of 150 eligible contenders from this year’s Korn Ferry Tour list and from those finishing between 126th and 200th on the FedEx Cup points table at the completion of the Finals.

If he is to do so, then he will earn a PGA Tour card for next season and further elevate his standing in the game

Historically, one good finish such as this in the previous four event series has been enough to graduate and given Herbert has two more chances to consolidate his position then not only does his PGA Tour card appear secure so too does the opportunity to advance his potential standing amongst the graduates.

Herbert finished three shots from the winner, Greyson Sigg of the USA, after a round that included eight birdies.

Aaron Baddeley finished 48th this week, New Zealand’s Danny Lee 60th and Curtis Luck 79th.

Other Australians in the field but who did not make the cut were Brett Drewitt, Greg Chalmers and Rhein Gibson.

Drewitt has already secured his 2020/2021 PGA Tour card via the regular season Korn Ferry Tour events.