What a weekend it was for Bendigo golfer Lucas Herbert at the Scottish Open.
The 24-year-old Neangar Park product was top of the leaderboard after 36 holes, but was then hindered by brutal weather during the third round to drop back down to 22nd.
But as the sun rose over The Renaissance Club Club on Sunday morning, it was a new day.
Herbert came out ready to give his best effort carding a six-under 65 to finish nine-under overall (T4) alongside Marc Warren (SCO).
In the final round it wasn't long before his name was back atop of the leaderboard after carding five birdies in his first nine holes, which included a stunning chip-in on the par-four eighth.
After wrapping up the front at five-under, the momentum just kept on flowing with another birdie on the par-five 10th to put himself back on top of the leaderboard.
He made two more birdies on the back, a long-range putt on the par-four 15th and another on the par-five 16th.
However, dropped shots on the par-three 12th and the par-three 17th would see him finish at nine-under, two shots shy of what was needed for a spot in the play-off with Tommy Fleetwood and Aaron Rai.
Rai would then go on to win on the first sudden death hole with a par as Fleetwood made bogey.
Upon reflection, Herbert was happy with his efforts throughout the week.
"It was a great week nonetheless for me," Herbert told the European Tour in his post-round interview.
"I've struggled in the Rolex Series events through my career so far and to really post a result this week that I think I was capable of gives me a lot of confidence going forward.
"The scores haven't been ridiculously low this week. We've seen a nine and eight (under) early doors but other than that, we haven't seen guys take it low around here.
"It is always hard to keep pushing on when you are playing really well through ten holes. I felt like my swing left me a little towards the end and I was fighting a little bit, but to get in the house at nine under, I'm really happy."
Ultimately the tough conditions during the third round hampered his shot at victory, but Herbert showed strength in what was a test of the best.
"The scorecard didn't look great yesterday (round three) but it was so tough out there," he said.
"We had three towels and went through those... my umbrella snapped halfway round, it was one of those days where it was always going to be tough and unfortunately we came in with a couple more than most other people.
"I didn't really feel like I did too much wrong yesterday and it wasn't a real reflection of how I've played this week. I'm back to playing what I did the first two rounds, which was really nice. I gave myself a chance."
The top-ten finish has given Herbert 323.5 Race to Dubai points and remains in 7th place on the rankings as we head towards the pointy end.
Luckily it's not long before Herbert has another chance at a second professional victory and a shot at winning his first Rolex Series event as he is down to play this week's BMW Championship at England's Wentworth Golf Club.
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