Australian Lucas Herbert won his maiden European Tour title with a play-off triumph over South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout on a sensational last day at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The team entered the last day six shots off the lead, yet with solid breezes and showers at Emirates Golf Club, the leaderboard was exposed.
Bezuidenhout and Herbert both terminated last round 68s to find a workable pace standard, with the South African discovering water subsequent to laying up on the last and making a grip putt for an intruder, while Herbert birdied 17 and 18.
It was the 24-year-old Australian who found the water with his second on the principal play-off opening before sparing standard gratitude to a shocking shot from the drop zone to return it to the tee. His second shot next time around couldn’t have been progressively unique, as he got inside 20 feet and a two-putt birdie gave him the title.
Adri Arnaus, Dean Burmester and Tom Lewis completed at seven-under, a shot away from Kurt Kitayama and third-round pioneer Wu Ashun from China.
Herbert stated: “A week ago I was twentieth going into the end of the week, and just appeared to pull out of it and finish down the field, so this week I’ve been working with my psychological mentor, Jamie Glazier, attempting to be progressively positive. It positively worked for me as I felt so certain out there and just felt like great golf was going to come.
“Clearly the second shot on the primary play-off gap was likely not one of my best, yet it’s never an ideal situation at the business end of a ton of competitions. Everybody hits terrible shots, and everybody will presumably disregard that now that I’ve recently gotten that all over and won a competition. It’s a magnificent inclination and I can hardly wait to celebrate back home with the young men.”
Bezuidenhout stated: “Those last five openings played very ruthless with the breeze, so I was glad to polish off the manner in which I did and make the save money on 18. I trust I’m doing the correct things and I’m progressing in the direction of the secret sauce, so it’s pleasant to see all the difficult work is paying off, particularly in enormous competitions like this.”
Lucas Herbert’s triumphant rigging
Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9°)
Irons: TaylorMade P7 TW (4-PW)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5