Jul 5th, 2021
Herbert goes wire-to-wire in Ireland
Australian produces battling round to seal three shot victory
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The Australian - who has now won in back-to-back seasons following his triumph at the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert Classic - entered the final day at Mount Juliet Estate with a one shot advantage and while he extended that to three in the early stages of his round, he would not have it all his own way.
After losing control off the tee, he had to utilise all his scrambling skills and mental strength to reach the turn in 35 and at that point, he had been caught at the top of the leaderboard.
But the 25-year-old produced a wonderfully composed performance down the stretch to get his hands on the famous trophy, coming home in 33 to finish at nineteen-under-par, three shots ahead of Swede Rikard Karlberg and four ahead of American Johannes Veerman.
“It's an unbelievable feeling. It's just so - it's a bit fulfilling, really," said Herbert.
"I felt like I was at one of my low points in my life when I played here two years ago at Lahinch in the Irish Open, and now to feel like I've done full swing and come back around and won the event that I was at a pretty low point at, it's pretty satisfying. I'm very happy standing here right now."
With their performances in the island of Ireland’s national open, all three have also booked their places in the 2021 Open at Royal St George’s in two weeks’ time.
English pair Richard Bland and Dale Whitnell, Scots Grant Forrest and Richie Ramsay and Italian Francesco Laporta finished in a tie for fourth on fourteen-under par, with American Sean Crocker, another Englishman in Andrew Johnston, and Jason Scrivener of Australia rounding out the top ten at thirteen-under-par.