Herbert hoping to thrill home crowds

06 February 2019 04:59:12 EST

Rising Aussie star Lucas Herbert is the highest-ranked local contesting the European Tour's ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach in Melbourne this week.

Herbert sits 75th in the World Rankings after an excellent tied seventh place in a strong field at the Dubai Desert Classic two weeks ago.

Last season in his first full campaign on the European Tour, the 23-year-old Australian finished 47th on the Race to Dubai thanks to a second place at the Portugal Masters and three thirds (World Super 6 Perth, Sicilian Open and Sky Sports British Masters).

It's a great chance to put a win on the resume. That's where my expectations are at this week.

Lucas Herbert

This week's venue, 13th Beach, staged six editions of the Australasian Tour's Victoria Open and Herbert played in five of them, recording his best finish of T6 two years ago.

A return to a course he knows well gives him a great chance of securing a first European Tour win.

Herbert said: "I had a really good chance to win here (in 2017), realistically.

"I think back and I was a different golfer, I think. I've made a lot of changes and big steps since then. But obviously the event's grown as well, being European and you've got some pretty good players this week."

Asked if he expects to win this week, Herbert replied: "You expect to win every week, don't you?

"Sometimes if your form's not good you can afford to be more realistic, but I think you turn up every week trying to win, especially coming home to an event in Australia. It's a great chance to put a win on the resume. That's where my expectations are at this week."

Two courses are used for the first two rounds and Herbert opens his bid at the Creek Course.

He's 11/8 to win his 3 ball against Andrew Johnston (2/1) and Ryo Ishikawa (2/1).

Herbert is 16/1 to win the tournament.

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