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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 315
the desert to start his maiden season as a card carrying member of the European Tour. But that simply isn’t in Herbert’s nature. Herbert will tee it up at Royal Pines this week to support his home Tour, while also hoping for a good finish and perhaps his first piece of silverware in the pro ranks that would go a long way towards his goal of entering the top-50 in the world rankings and perhaps a place in Ernie Els’ International team for the 2019 Presidents Cup in his adopted hometown of Melbourne. “If there is no pressure on me to play well because I’ve got my Tour card then I can easily sit back and relax and say, ‘Hey, what’s it matter I don’t need to play well, I’ve already my card for next year’,” Herbert said. “But I certainly don’t want to be like that. I want to get the season off to a good start. If you’re going to have to earn 350,000 points next year to keep your card and all the different marks for the playoff events, Australia’s a great chance to get myself off to a good start.” Listening to Herbert talk of next season, however, and it is clear to see that simply keeping his card is not his high watermark. Having amassed six top-10 finishes on the world’s second-biggest Tour this year, while also making his major championship debut at the US Open, Herbert is aiming even higher for 2019. With another debut at the top of the list. “The first person I saw when I walked in today was Kiradech (Aphibarnrat),” Herbert said during the World Cup of Golf. “I know Kiradech quite well, and watched him hit a shot, and I was like ‘I’m kind of jealous right now, that he’s playing the Melbourne Sandbelt and I live here and I don’t get to play’. I’m going to have to try and get in that Presidents Cup team next year, because seeing tournaments back here at the Sandbelt is awesome, I want to be part of one.” Herbert knows that before he is to be included as a genuine chance for International team selection he must play well, but that hasn’t COVER STORY Ernie Els’ Presidents Cup team is high on Herbert’s 2019 goals.
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