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Lucas Herbert moves inside top ten in Sicily

(Photo: Henry Peters)
Australia’s Lucas Herbert is taking advantage of an invite to the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open in Sicily, the 22 year old in 9th position through 54 holes and although a distant eight shots behind the leader Mike Lorenzo-Vera of France it is an encouraging week thus far and could get even better.

Herbert’s third round of 66 saw him improve six places from his overnight standing and playing without status on the European Tour, or any of the world’s major tours outside of Australia for that matter, taking advantage of these opportunities is important.

Herbert opened with consecutive birdies today and then eagled the 9th to bookend an opening nine of 32 and although the momentum slowed over the back nine it leaves him the chance to put together another good round tomorrow and build on the significant earnings he secured when 3rd at the European Tour’s Super 6 Perth event.

He already has an invite into next week’s European Tour event in Belgium so this is an important stretch for the Victorian.

Nick Cullen was well enough placed through 36 holes but a poor finish today with three bogeys late in his round of 72 would prove costly for the South Australian, slipping from 8th to 36th.

Matthew Millar, who only just made the cut, improved slightly with his round of 69 but is in 59th position heading into tomorrow’s final round.     

Lorenzo-Vera fired a stunning 63 to take a two-shot lead into the final round, the Frenchman ahead countryman Julien Guerrier and Swede Joakim Lagergren.

Lorenzo-Vera won the Challenge Tour in 2007 but last season was his best campaign on the European Tour as he finished 35th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

He finished in the top ten at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters earlier this season and after playing some sparkling golf at last week's GolfSixes alongside Romain Wattel, he is in now in pole position to challenge for a first European Tour title.

Lagergren is also looking for win number one after matching Lorenzo-Vera's 63, as is Guerrier who signed for a 67 to finish at 13 under.

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