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Golf-Australian Herbert secures Irish Open title in style



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Golf – European Tour – Dubai Desert Classic – Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – January 26, 2020 Australia’s Lucas Herbert in action during the final round REUTERS/Satish Kumar Subramani

(Reuters) – Australia’s Lucas Herbert completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Irish Open on Sunday to win his second European Tour title, as he carded a four-under-par 68 in the final round to finish three strokes ahead of Swede Rikard Karlberg.

Herbert came into the final round at the Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown holding a one-shot advantage over American Johannes Veerman and the 25-year-old started strongly, firing birdies at the second and third holes.

He shook off the disappointment of a bogey on the fifth before making another birdie immediately after the turn and two more at the 15th and 17th holes completed the job.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Herbert said. “It’s a bit fulfilling, I feel I was probably at one of my low points in my life two years ago when I played at Lahinch in the Irish Open.

“I feel like I’ve done full swing and come back around and won the event. It’s pretty satisfying and I’m pretty satisfied stood here right now.

“The more big events that you play the better. You get more comfortable in those so I can take some more opportunities when I do get those chances.”

The victory earned Herbert a place in the British Open at Royal St George’s from July 15–18 alongside Karlberg and Veerman.

Karlberg produced a solid 67 with three of his five birdies coming on the back nine while Veerman was left to rue bogeys on the 16th and 18th holes.

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