Herbert has nothing to lose in Korn Ferry Tour Finals

World No.52 Lucas Herbert is in an enviable position. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain at the Korn Ferry Tour Finals starting tonight at the Albertsons Boise Open.

Thanks to his win at the Irish Open last month, the 25-year-old sits 17th on the Race To Dubai and is exempt on the European Tour through to the end of the 2023 season.

Lucas Herbert Lucas Herbert (Credit: European Tour)

And on the other side of the Atlantic, due to COVID restrictions, Herbert has played most of his recent golf in the US, racking up an impressive US$312,429 from just 11 PGA Tour events. He finished inside the top-20 at both the Memorial and Travelers Championship along with top-40 placings at the US Open and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

As a non-member and having to rely on exemptions and invitations, his prizemoney total would have placed him 185th on the PGA Tour for the season and was enough to earn him a start alongside other non-members including Scotland’s top-ranked player, Robert MacIntyre, and three-time European Tour winner South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who made 12 from 12 cuts.

Herbert joins fellow Aussies Brett Drewitt, who has already earned his PGA Tour card after finishing inside the top-25 on the Korn Ferry Tour money list last week, Rhein Gibson, Aaron Baddeley, Curtis Luck and Greg Chalmers.

What happens next? If the Victorian fails in his bid for a PGA Tour card, he has the option to play the Korn Ferry Tour next season or return to Europe where he has a guaranteed start at the US$9,000,000 DP World Tour Championship in mid-November.

It’s nice to have choices like that.