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Top tens for Scrivener and Herbert in Dubai

Continues his recent good form with a 7th place finish (Photo: Henry Peters)
Australians Jason Scrivener and Lucas Herbert have recorded top ten finishes at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the pair sharing 7th place and although a massive nine shots behind the tearaway winner Bryson DeChambeau they both earn cheques for €66,000.

For Scrivener his impressive week follows a 6th place finish in this event twelve months ago and continues what has been some excellent form in recent starts.

Herbert continues his rapid rise in the game, his only real blemish this week coming when penalised for scraping the sand removing loose impediments with a club on the 3rd hole when playing in the final group with DeChambeau on Saturday.

That he rebounded so well after being informed of the penalty is testament to not only Herbert’s skills but a level of resilience that will carry him a long way. Herbert, in fact, reeled off four consecutive birdies soon after being informed of the infringement and the penalty.

The new rule allows players to remove loose impediments in a bunker but not in the manner Herbert mistakenly thought he was entitled to.

Lucas Herbert

DeChambeau, however, was a massive seven shot winner of the event, justifying his favouritism for the event and that he was the leading world ranked player in the field ahead of the event.

The 25-year old’s final round of 64 saw him leave the field seven shots in his wake, England’s Matt Wallace finishing in second position while Ian Poulter, Paul Waring, Sergio Garcia and Alvaro Quiros tied for 3rd another shot back.

“It's incredibly special,” said the winner. “I mean, I've always dreamed of winning any Tour event, and to have this many under my belt, I don't even know what I have right now.

“You know, being able to win internationally is something that I've always wanted to do after winning so many times in the States and to get it at the Dubai Desert Classic is incredible. It's literally a dream come true. I couldn't be more honoured to win this event.

“Coming back here as a professional, being an amateur in 2016, I believe, I was expecting a lot of good things because I knew I played well here. I knew I could play really well if I was striking the ball well and if I figured out some putting stuff and I did this week. I made a lot of putts with the flag in, with it out, it didn't really matter too much.

“But again, going back to it being my first international win, I really couldn't be more pleased to have this tournament be my first international win, European Tour win.”

Scott Hend was the next best of the Australians in 48th place, Sam Brazel was 56th and Wade Ormsby, after an excellent start to the week, eventually finished 64th.

Much of the discussion late in the event was on the two-shot penalty handed to Chinese star and defending champion Li Haotong after his caddie was deemed to have stayed in position too long when assisting him to line up a putt at the last hole.

The new ruling prevents a caddie lining up his player once he has taken his stance and has already proven controversial.

The penalty cost Li a share of third place eventually finishing tied for 12th, the prizemoney difference some €80,000 

The European Tour now heads for Saudi Arabia and the much talked about inaugural staging of the Saudi International in the King Abdullah Economic City where Justin Rose, Brooke Koepka, Dustin Johnson and DeChambeau are amongst the game’s top five who will tee it up.



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