(Reuters) – Lucas Herbert’s decision to bring his coach to Bermuda to work on his swing proved a feat over the weekend as the Australian secured his first US PGA title at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship.
The 25-year-old, who won the Irish Open in July to complement his previous European Tour win at the Dubai Desert Classics, became the first Australian since Adam Scott in 2008 to simultaneously win titles on the world’s two biggest tours Season.
Along with a check for $ 1.17 million, 500 Fedex Cup points, and a two-year PGA Tour exemption, the win earned Herbert tickets to next year’s Masters and January Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii .
“The next 12 months will be really cool. I’ve never played Augusta so it will be pretty cool to play in the Masters, ”he said after his win at Port Royal on Sunday.
“Playing in some of these events that I saw on TV as a kid is just going to be a cool experience. No matter how I play, it will be phenomenal to play in these tournaments. “
It was not easy to get coaching help to prepare for the tournament as the border controls when Dom Azzopardi left Australia did not guarantee a return to the country.
“My game was really, really struggling and I decided to bring him here,” added Herbert.
“At the time it was looking a bit tricky getting him to Australia … so for him to commit to come out and help me a lot with my golf swing … it was really special with him.”
Herbert, who took his first title on his 19th appearance on the PGA Tour, hesitated to speak about his expectations for the future.
“It’s too easy when you win to think you will never fail to win again,” he said.
“I think we’ll sit back and think and celebrate for the next few days and then make some new plans for the future.”
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by Peter Rutherford)