Thu, 20 Feb 2020

Dubai - Lucas Herbert celebrated Australia Day with his first title on the European Tour when he beat South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout to win the Dubai Desert Classic on the second playoff hole on Sunday.

For Herbert, it was the biggest final-round comeback in the 31-year history of the tournament after he had started the day five shots behind overnight leader Wu Ashun of China.

However, none of the leading players after the third round could catch up with the two as gusting winds of 30 miles per hour and more wreaked havoc.

"It feels pretty good. I finished top-10 quite a few times and that was a pretty cool rush, but to win is something else," said Herbert, who had started the day with a bogey.

The 68s by Herbert and Bezuidenhout were the best round of the day as only three holes played below their par score.

After laying up perfectly with his second shot on the par-5 18th, he spun back his wedge third into the water and needed to make a putt from 18 feet to avoid a double bogey.

He then proceeded to make four bogeys over the closing stretch to drop down to tied eighth position.

279 - Lucas Herbert (AUS) 69-71-71-68, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA) 73-66-72-68

282 - Kurt Kitayama (USA) 69-70-68-75, Wu Ashun (CHN) 69-69-67-77

285 - Martin Kaymer (GER) 72-71-73-69, Ian Poulter 71-73-71-70, Miguel Angel Jimnez (ESP) 72-74-69-70,

288 - Mikko Korhonen (FIN) 74-71-68-75, Ryan Fox (NZL) 76-70-66-76

291 - Lorenzo Gagli (ITA) 75-70-73-73, Danny Willett 76-70-72-73

294 - Masahiro Kawamura (JPN) 69-73-75-77, Shaun Norris (RSA) 69-73-72-80

298 - Sebastian Soderberg (SWE) 71-75-77-75

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