Singapore, China and Canada all part of Herbert’s 2018 plan

Lucas Herbert works on his game at Neangar Park. Picture: NONI HYETT

Lucas Herbert works on his game at Neangar Park. Picture: NONI HYETT

Lucas Herbert is keeping his golfing options open.

The 22-year-old has decided "not to put all his eggs in one basket" as he chases a berth on one of golf's big professional tours.

Herbert could have travelled to Thailand this week to play in the final stage of the Asian Tour qualifying school.

The Neangar Park product bypassed that option and will play in next week's $US1 million Singapore Open which is co-sanctioned by the Japan and Asian tours.

Herbert then heads to China to play the PGA Tour China qualifying school - a tour which is a potential stepping stone to the Tour in the United States.

"Through my finish in the Australian order of merit last year I'm already nearly guaranteed a place at the Tour q-school, so going to China is about having a tour to play on for the year,'' Herbert said.

"I'm also going to q-school for the Canadian tour, so if Canada doesn't work out then I'll have China to fall back on. I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket.

"I played my best golf at the end of last year when I played a few tournaments in a row and got my rhythm going.

"If I can do that again through the middle of this year then I'll give myself the best chance to have some success."

While Herbert's preference is to use the China and/or Canada tours to get to the United States, he hasn't ruled out heading to Europe.

He'll play in the World Super 6 tournament in Perth in February which is tri-sanctioned by the European, Australian and Asian tours.

"On last year's finish (in the Australian order of merit) I'll get some good tour school exemptions at the end of this year and I'll use them the best I can,'' he said.

"Europe might still be in my plans. The aim is to get somewhere consistently to play.

"No matter where I end up I feel as though my game is good enough to get my world ranking up and get myself into more events."

Lucas Herbert

Lucas Herbert

While Herbert works on his game on home soil this week, his fellow Neangar Park graduate Andrew Martin has made the trip to Thailand in a bid to earn an Asian Tour card. 

Martin tee-offs in Thailand on Wednesday in the five-round final stage of q-school.

Martin will battle 241 other players over five days at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club and the St. Andrews 2000 course in Rayong.

All players will play two rounds before the field is cut to the leading 140 players and ties, who will then play another two rounds across the two courses.

After 72 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will then proceed to the fifth and final round at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club. 

At the conclusion of 90 holes, the top 35 players and ties will earn a tour card for the 2018 season.

Martin has the advantage of having played the St. Andrews 2000 course in last week's opening stage of q-school.

Three of his four rounds were par or better as he finished in a tie for eighth.

Just for playing in the final stage of qualifying school, Martin will be eligible to play on the Asian Development Tour in 2018 if he doesn't gain a card on the full tour.