Herbert catapults inside top 200 in world rankings

OFF TO OMAN: Bendigo's Lucas Herbert will play in this week's Oman Open after finishing tied for third at the World Super 6 in Perth.

OFF TO OMAN: Bendigo's Lucas Herbert will play in this week's Oman Open after finishing tied for third at the World Super 6 in Perth.

What do former world number one golfer Luke Donald, US Masters champion Danny Willett and US Open winner Graeme McDowell have in common?

Aside from being Ryder Cup representatives for Europe, as of Monday (AEDT) they're all ranked below rising Bendigo golf star Lucas Herbert.

Herbert's third placing in the World Super 6 event in Perth on Sunday saw him jump to a career-high world ranking of 176.

12 months ago Herbert was ranked 704 in the world before a super finish to 2017 saw him end the year at 283.

A tied eighth finish at the Singapore Open combined with third place in Perth has catapulted the 22-year-old 107 places in the rankings to 176 - ahead of Donald (177), Willett (193) and McDowell (219).

Herbert is now the ninth highest ranked Australian golfer behind Jason Day (8), Marc Leishman (14), Adam Scott (51), Cameron Smith (58), Wade Ormsby (106), Scott Hend (135), Jason Scrivener (161) and Brad Kennedy (166).

The top five placing in the European Tour co-sanctioned event in Perth earned Herbert automatic entry into this week's Oman Open.

Herbert was flying to Oman on Monday night to prepare for the lucrative tournament.

Herbert is ranked 37th on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai rankings.