Bendigo golfer Lucas Herbert remains within the top 100 world-ranked players after a slow start to the 2019 European Tour.
Herbert is currently ranked 82 in the world - but had planned to break into the top 50 early in the season to secure starting places in the annual major golf tournaments.
So far in his career he has played in two of the four annual major golf tournaments – US Open and British Open Championship – and wanted to add one more to the list this year.
As it stands, his current rank will be enough for a start in the USPGA major tournament which will be played at the world-renowned Bethpage Black Golf Course, New York in May.
The 23-year-old Neangar Park Golf Club product's start to the 2019 season has been riddled with mixed results - the best so far was a T7 finish at the Dubai Desert Classic in January.
During round three of the Desert Classic Herbert grounded his club and used his wedge to move loose impediments surrounding his ball in a bunker on the par-five third hole.
Herbert was then approached by a European Tour official on the next hole and was informed he would receive a two-stroke penalty.
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