Herbert eyes Masters ahead of Aust swing

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Drinking on a yacht off Miami helped dull the pain, but Lucas Herbert was still filthy after missing out on the President’s Cup selection this year.

The world No. 55 will compete in the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland in Brisbane from Thursday.

The Australian Open will follow, with both events providing Herbert’s chance to sneak into the top 50 and book a return to the Masters next April.

This is where he feels like he belongs after another strong year split between the DP World Tour of Europe and the PGA Tour.

It would also provide a platform to prove he is worthy of the 2024 President’s Cup nod that eluded him this year.

With LIV Golf converts Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann among the ineligible, places were on offer to play Quail Hollow in September.

But captain Trevor Immelman forgot the three-time winner across Europe and the United States, as well as in-form New Zealander Ryan Fox and South African Erik van Rooyen.

The Internationals threatened an outflank before the stacked USA team recorded a ninth consecutive victory.

“I was really pissed off that I didn’t make that team,” Herbert said Wednesday in Brisbane.

“I thought I had a lot to offer and I felt like my form was decent before that.

“I didn’t think I was out of shape, so I was quite disappointed when I got the call.”

So was it hard to watch?

“To be honest, I was sitting on a yacht in Miami drinking, so I didn’t find it that hard to watch,” he said.

“They got way off the stats and the numbers, and those guys were the best fit for this golf course. Obviously a few of them didn’t play the way they would have liked that week. .”

Herbert plans to split his time between the two tours next season and knows that a good performance in Brisbane or the Melbourne Open in a high quality field will help him.

“My game is going in the right direction right now so whether it’s Christmas or one of the next world ranking cuts I’ll be playing Augusta in April, I’d like to think that,” he said. . .

“I can’t control everything, but I feel like there’s probably not as much pressure as it looks like.”

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