Lucas Herbert – file photo

After finishing just one shot inside the cut line at the Open de France, Australia’s Lucas Herbert produced a powerful weekend to improve 41 places over the final 36 holes to finish in a share of 14th at Le Golf National near Paris.

It was one of Herbert’s better finishes in 26 events of the 2019 season in Europe and improves him to 98th position in the Race to Dubai Ranking and will ensure he safely retains his status for Europe next season.

Herbert finished seven shots behind the winner, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium, who finished one shot ahead of Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen.

South African George Coetzee finished another shot back in 3rd place although he will rue a triple bogey at the 15th hole of round four, especially given he would eventually finished just two from the lead.

New Zealander, Ryan Fox, who led the event after an opening round of 65, eventually finished 22nd, Jason Scrivener was 26th, Deyen Lawson 40th and Jake McLeod 71st.

Scott Hend in 52nd place and Ryan Fox 57th remain as the leading Australasians on the race to Dubai rankings although both will need to be inside the top 50 if they are to play the season ending event in Dubai.