Herbert wins first European Tour title

(AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by capturing his first professional title, beating Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa at the second hole of a playoff to win the Dubai Desert Classic after a wild final round on Sunday.

Herbert rolled in a birdie putt from 2 feet at the 18th on his third trip up the par-5 last hole at Emirates Golf Club, after Bezuidenhout failed to get up and down from the back of the green for his own birdie.

The 24-year-old Herbert dedicated his victory to the people back home battling Australia's unprecedented wildfire crisis.


Money Leaders: European
Rank Player Earnings
1 Lee Westwood €1,059,509
2 Tommy Fleetwood €516,855
3 Lucas Herbert €505,929
4 Victor Perez €505,684
5 Matthew Fitzpatrick €483,787
6 Louis Oosthuizen €419,242
7 Christiaan Bezuidenhout €355,437
8 Branden Grace €337,435
9 Pablo Larrazabal €237,750
10 Shaun Norris €221,467
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