While Australian Lucas Herbert just made his PGA Tour breakthrough with a Bermuda Championship victory, he is still an unknown name to many golf fans, despite having risen to No. 43 in the world.
Much of this can be attributed to the fact that Herbert competes primarily on the European Tour, although American fans will likely see him a lot more now that he locked his PGA Tour status with the victory in Bermuda.
In this week’s episode of Subpar, the 25-year-old shared with hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz how he ended up on the European tour in the first place.
“I have always enjoyed playing in America. I never really wanted to cross Europe, ”said Herbert. “And then, I had a very good end to the 2017 season. I had finished seventh in the order of merit in Australia, which allowed me to make a few starts on the European circuit with the co-events. sanction. We have been to the PGA Tour China Q-School and the Canada Q-School Tour. I’m not the biggest fan of China, and that’s probably the right way to put it.
“So I was sitting in a hotel room in China at Q-School, and I was like, how can I not come back here? Herbert continued. I just watched, went to the Singapore Open and finished 8th which allowed me to participate in the Open. And ironically, I made a debut at the China Open, and I had a few Australian touring debuts that were co-sanctioned with Europe, and I was like, you know what? I’m just going to try Europe. So, yeah, after that I called my manager and I was like, hey, can you try to have me like whatever starts you can have me in Europe. I don’t care what events they are. I’m just going to play the worst events, the ones where no one wants to travel. Anything. I’ll go play anything in Europe, just to try to start and play there just so I don’t have to go to China. This is sort of how the journey to Europe began.
The strategy turned out to be a good strategy for Herbert, who won the European Tour twice (the Dubai Desert Classic 2020 and the Irish Open 2021) before securing his first PGA Tour victory in Bermuda.
For more on Herbert, including his favorite places to play in the world, and why making a Presidents Cup squad is so important to him, check out the full interview below.