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Lucas Herbert in contention in Abu Dhabi

Herbert - picks up where he left off last year. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Lucas Herbert has bounced back from a slow start to the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to record a second round of 65 and improve 53 places from his opening round standing.

Herbert, who is in his first season as a full European Tour cardholder after his successful year playing on invite in 2018, produced eight birdies in his morning round on day two and he now finds himself in a share of 9th place and four shots from the leader, Ireland’s Shane Lowry.

Lowry leads by one over South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Richard Sterne with Lee Westwood another shot back in 4th place.

Herbert moved from 226th to 82nd in the world ranking courtesy of his outstanding last twelve months and is establishing himself with a level of consistency that will see him move much higher in the years to come.

Jason Scrivener is the next best of the Australians after Herbert, he too adding a second round of 65 to be in a share of 13th.

Scott Hend, Sam Brazel and Ryan Fox are the next best of the Australasians and the only others to make the cut, that trio sharing 32nd place and seven shots from the lead.

The tournament carries prizemoney of US$7 million and is one of the lucrative Rolex Series on the European Tour.  

FALDO MIMICS GREATS

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