Herbert edges Cockerill in playoff to win thriller in Japan


Lucas Herbert (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Lucas Herbert held off the challenge of Aaron Cockerill to secure his third DP World Tour title at the ISPS HANDA Championship in Japan.

The Aussie beat the Canadian in a playoff with a 12-foot birdie after he found the green to recover from a wide off the tee.

Both players couldn’t be separated on fifteen-under-par after 18 holes after Herbert shot a 67 and Cockerill a 68.


Herbert was delighted to notch his third DP World Tour title and his decision to become a brand ambassador for ISPS HANDA worked out for both parties.

“It’s great. Obviously coming on board as an ambassador for ISPS Handa this year, it’s great to win an event with them as the title sponsor.

“It’s a real honour. And just to be back in Japan and win as well. I’ve come here so many times and loved it so to get back here and win, it means a lot.

“I think it’s cool to be able to win everywhere and have a lot of good memories from all the spots in the world where you have played.”

Speaking about the up-and-down that earned him victory at the second play-off hole, Herbert said: “Pretty special. I got pretty lucky over there on the right to get a good lie after we dropped it.

“Nick (caddie Nick Pugh) gave me the number and it was basically perfect. It was exactly what you’d want off that lie.

“So it was good to hit a good shot in there. And then my hand was shaking all over the place just to get the putt started on line, and to have it fall in was pretty cool.”

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