There's nothing Lucas Herbert loves more than embracing a challenge.
The Butterfield Bermuda Championship presented the 25-year-old Bendigo-born golfer with some of the toughest weather conditions he'd ever competed in, but he rose to the occasion to take out the tournament with a final round 69 (-15)
Herbert managed to take the lead during the final round of the PGA Tour event at Port Royal Golf Course with four holes left to play and simply didn't look back.
"It's pretty unbelievable, it was one of those ones that I couldn't let myself get ahead as the conditions were so brutal," Herbert said.
"I could've hit a shot anywhere at any time that was off-line...it was good to survive is the best way to describe it."
Herbert posted rounds of 70, 65 and 65 to head into Sunday four shots behind 54-hole leader Taylor Pendrith.
"It was a tricky one and I had to be fluid with it all depending on the conditions," Herbert said.
"Early on it was favourable to score and then once we were on holes six and seven, the wind picked up and it was survival mode from there.
"I had to get myself into position off the tee to hit the fairway, then put it on the middle of the green so I didn't have to put pressure on my short game.
"It wasn't easy out there."
After Pendrith faltered with three consecutive bogeys on holes six through eight, in addition to a double on the par-five 17th, he put himself out of contention to finish T5.
After Herbert made a bogey on the par-three 13th, he immediately bounced back on the par-four 14th with a birdie to take the outright lead.
Staring down the barrel at a long-range putt for the lead, Herbert couldn't have felt more confident.
"I'd made a lot of putts from 25-40 feet this week, so once I was over the putt on 14 I said to myself, this is my range and I felt super confident," he said.
"The moment it left the putter it just wasn't going to miss."
With his name at the top of the leaderboard and a 14-under par in the clubhouse from Patrick Reed, Herbert knew exactly what was needed to seal the win.
The only thing on his mind was surviving the brutal conditions.
"Weather makes everything so much harder, but it brings out the best players in the field," Herbert said.
"I needed to be so precise with my shots and focus on how the wind was moving around the golf course as it wasn't consistent, it was swirling around.
"It wasn't easy, but I had the right attitude, kept smiling and enjoyed the challenge, it was a lot of fun."
After missing the first two cuts of the season, Herbert called upon close friend and coach Dom Azzopardi for assistance.
The Peregian Springs Golf Club-based coach, who has been working with Herbert for more than a decade, headed over to the United States where the pair got back to basics to rebuild his swing in the lead-up to Bermuda.
"I was struggling and decided to call Dom to get him out here," Herbert said.
"For him to make the commitment to help me out...and to have it pay off so quickly and share the win with him was very special."
In addition to the massive $1.5m AUD pay day, the win at Port Royal has just opened the door to another of Herbert's lifelong dreams.
"No matter how I play, it will just be phenomenal to compete in these tournaments."- Lucas Herbert on gaining entries to several events on the 2021-22 schedule.
He is now well within the top-50 ranked golfers in the world which has secured him a start at the 2022 Masters at Augusta National.
"The next 12 months are going to be really cool, I've never played Augusta before," he said.
"And getting to play Kapalua (Sentry Tournament of Champions) and other events that I've watched on television is going to be a lot of fun.
"No matter how I play, it will just be phenomenal to compete in these tournaments."
"During the next few days we'll sit back, celebrate and reset our plans moving forward on what our goals will be."
With three professional victories in the past 24 months on three different continents across two tours, bigger things are undoubtedly still to come for the boy from Bendigo.
He was asked during his post-victory conference if his victories could be ranked, but he said they all hold a special place in his heart.
"I can't compare them as they were all at different stages of my career," he replied.
"None of them are any better or worse.
"Ireland was amazing as I led all week with such great support from the crowd.
"Dubai was amazing as it was my first win as a professional and it had a strong field at such an iconic course.
"And this is now my first win on the PGA Tour in brutal conditions."
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