Herbert back on track in US

BENDIGO golfer Lucas Herbert has fought back from a horror start to give himself a chance of making the cut at the US Amateur Championship in Georgia.

GREAT GOLF: Lucas Herbert is taking on the world's best amateur players in the United States.

GREAT GOLF: Lucas Herbert is taking on the world's best amateur players in the United States.

After starting his round on the 10th hole, Herbert was six-over par through five holes, including a quadruple bogey eight on the par four 14th.

However, he recovered well making back-to-back birdies on the 17th and 18th and again on the eighth and ninth to finish with a two-over par 74 on the par-72 Riverside Course.

After the opening round he's in a tie for 105th, eight shots off the lead.

The top 64 player after two rounds of stroke play qualify for the match play section of the tournament.

Herbert, who is only two shots outside of the top 64, will play the Highland Course in his second round.

HIGH HOPES: Kris Mueck has an early start at the Fiji International.

HIGH HOPES: Kris Mueck has an early start at the Fiji International.

Meanwhile, Bendigo professional golfers Andrew Martin and Kris Mueck will tee off in this week's $US1,000,000 Fiji International.

A world-class field will take to the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

Mueck, who is enjoying his best season as a professional, will tee-off in the opening group in Thursday's first round at 8.35am (AEST) alongside New Zealander Josh Geary and Queenslander Steven Jeffress.

Martin tees off at 1.05pm (AEST) with New South Welshman Leigh McKechnie and Singapore's Choo Tze Huang.

FIJI-BOUND: Neangar Park's Andrew Martin.

FIJI-BOUND: Neangar Park's Andrew Martin.

Bendigo-born professional Rhein Gibson has a 9.05am tee-time with fellow Australian Brady Watt and China's Ouyang Zheng.

Golfers from 16 countries will compete in the lucrative event, including multiple major winners Vijay Singh and Nick Price.

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