Irish Open winning Aussie Lucas Herbert on verge of signing with LIV Golf

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Australia’s Lucas Herbert is reportedly on the verge of signing with LIV golf to join Cam Smith’s all-Aussie Ripper GC team.

Herbert, who turned 28 last month, is the likely replacement for fellow Aussie Jediah Morgan, who lost his spot on the Saudi-funded tour after the installation of promotion and relegation rules for players.

Herbert has won four times in his career – three DP World Tour victories starting with his play-off success on Australia Day (January 26th) at the 2020 Omega Dubai Desert while a year later he led from start-to-finish to win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and in April last year he added a third with victory in the historic first hosting of the ISPS Handa Championship of Japan.

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His one victory on the PGA Tour was success in the 2021 Bermuda Championship.

Golf website “Flushing It” first reported Herbert had been locked in as the fourth and final member of Smith’s team after veteran Matt Jones signed on again for 2024 and while there has been no confirmation from LIV or Ripper GC.

The Bendigo-born Herbert responded to an Instagram post from Flushing It announcing his signing, replying “how’s the picture”.

In his pro career Herbert enjoys a record of 57 appearances on the PGA Tour and 92 on the DP World Tour since turning pro nine years ago.

Herbert’s highest world ranking was in January, 2022 when he moved to 40th however since his victory in Japan the affable Aussie has struggled and revealing in stepping away from the game mid-season last year that he’d become a “bitter and spiteful person” amid growing PGA Tour pressures before returning to playing in September last year.

As well, you could argue that his non-appearance inside the ropes at all this year, and including not being in Dubai this week as a past champion, just adds to him going to LIV.

 

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