Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Lucas Herbert  (Getty Images)
Lucas Herbert (Getty Images)

Lucas Herbert hopes to go one better than last season's semi-final heartbreak and claim his maiden European Tour title at the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth.

Lake Karrinyup Country Club will once again play host for the third edition of the innovative event in Perth, where the top 65 players go through after 36 holes before it is further reduced to 24 after the third round of stroke play.

The tournament will turn to six-hole match play for the remaining 24 players to determine the winner of the competition, which was won by home favourite Brett Rumford in its inaugural tournament in 2017 and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat last year.

Herbert took Aphibarnrat to a shootout hole in their last-four clash last season before the Thai player landed his approach to within two feet of the pin to knock out the Australian, and the 23-year-old admitted he still thinks about the defeat.

"I got the result I wanted to in the end," Herbert said. "I still think about that six hole match against Kiradech in the semi quite a lot and I still go back and watch the highlights quite a bit, because I hit some pretty good shots in there.

"He hit an unbelievable shot in the shootout hole to beat me so it wasn't like I kind of lost it. He played really well to win that match.

I love being here. Perth is an awesome city. I would love this tournament to go ahead for the next 10 years - Lucas Herbert

"It was a little bit heartbreaking but I thought I played pretty well and did everything I could, and he was just better than me when it came down to the clutch."

Herbert came ninth in the inaugural event two years before finishing in third place last year and he hopes the tournament will be on the 2020 Race to Dubai, with the future of the unique concept up in the air.

"I think it's a good sort of change-up from the rest of the year," Herbert added. "Obviously I like match play, but only getting six hole matches is good. You have to be on your game really quick and really early.

"It's more adapting to it, whether it's match play, six hole match play, everything like that.

"It sets up really well for me with the results that I've had but it's a really cool place. I love being here. Perth is an awesome city. I would love this tournament to go ahead for the next 10 years. 

"This is such a great tournament. We look forward to it every year so fingers crossed it gets signed again and we're playing here more and more."

The Australian also revealed his targets for the rest of the 2019 season.

He said: "I would love to finish sort of top 20 in the Race to Dubai. I think given the year I had last year and finishing 48th, I think top 20 is a reasonable goal. 

"Hopefully that will give me a chance to play some more Majors in World Golf Championships through this year and next year as well. I definitely want to get to the top 50 in the world."

Fellow Australian Min Woo Lee is relishing the chance to play in his home city for the first time as professional.

The 20-year-old finished tied for fifth last year as an amateur in Perth but has already had a roller coaster start to 2019, with a fourth-placed finish at the Saudi International powered by SBIA last month before missing the cut at the Panama Championship on the Web.com Tour last week.

"It's exciting," Lee said. "I know Perth is a long way and it's nice to get a few of the top pros here. It's a lovely place. I wish more top guys got to come over but it is what it is.

"I guess that's pro life. Last week was completely different to play on the European Tour and playing the top courses. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes it goes bad. Move on and hopefully play well the next week."

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