His rounds of 67 and 66 in the benign conditions, however, have him five shots from the lead of England's Lee Slattery, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.
With just one bogey in his opening two days, the Victorian is playing his way into form and with a continuation of this sort of play over the weekend he might just end up with a start at the Open Championship next week.
Herbert needs to be one of the leading three players inside the top ten this week and not otherwise exempt for Royal Portrush to earn the right to play his second Open Championship having played and made the cut last year at Carnoustie.
Herbert’s world ranking has slipped from 83rd to 130th in the first six months of 2019 and, as a consequence, he needs a strong weekend this week to have any chance of heading across the Irish Sea on Monday.
Herbert was the only one of five Australians in the field to make it to the weekend after Jason Scrivener double bogeyed his final hole to miss by two on a golf course that required 5 under par just to make it into the final 36 holes.
More than half the nineteen players ahead of him this week are already exempt for next week’s event but it will require perhaps a top 6 finish this week to have any chance of grabbing a last-minute berth in golf’s final major of the year.
Of the leaders, Wiesberger, finished runner-up in Ireland last week and is back to his best after injury last year, Van Rooyen is a good enough player to have finished 8th at the PGA Championship a few weeks ago and Slattery has found some form after nearly twelve months without a European Tour top ten.
Wiesberger, who recorded a round of 61 today, and Van Rooyen are already exempt into next week.
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