Herbert fires record 65 to finish 4th in Scotland

Aussie Lucas Herbert has finished 4th at the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship at the Old Course, Moray Golf Club, Lossiemouth.

Herbert fired rounds of 73-73-65-74 to finish at 1-over to be seven shots from the eventual winner, England’s Marco Penge, who finished at 6-under.

Lucas Herbert Lucas Herbert (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Herbert, the top world-ranked player in the field at No. 20, had catapulted himself into contention after a new course record bogey-free 65 in the third round around the Old Course, which was first laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1889.

In a Walker Cup year, leading names from the home unions were seeking to catch the selectors’ eyes in a 144-player field which included competitors from North America, Australia, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Scotland’s Graeme Robertson, a member in the UK provisional Walker Cup squad ahead of September’s clash with the US at Royal Lytham, finished as runner-up on 5-under after a brave bid, with another Walker Cup squad man, Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin, taking third spot a stroke further back.

Anthony Murdaca was the next best Aussie in a tie for 23rd position at 5-over with rounds of 70-73-73-73 with Ben Eccles and DJ Loypur a shot behind in a tie for 26th position – the only Australians to make the 4-over-par cut after 36 holes.

Kiran Day, Brett Coletta, Andrew Schonewille and Daniel Gale all missed the weekend.

With the exception of Gale, it was primarily a Victorian state presence at our first main international hit-out for the season which sees a number of Aussies playing in the UK over the next few weeks at the St Andrews Links Trophy starting June 4 and culminating for those who have qualified or being exempted through world ranking at the British Amateur Championship commencing June 13 at Carnoustie in Scotland.

Penge joins an impressive list of past champions at the Scottish Stroke Play, including victorious Ryder Cup captains Bernard Gallacher and Colin Montgomerie, as well as current European Tour stars Stephen Gallacher, Richie Ramsay, Tommy Fleetwood and Andrew Sullivan.