Omega Dubai Desert Classic R4

Herbert claims maiden European Tour title with play-off victory

January 23-26
Emirates GC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
$3,250,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Australia’s Lucas Herbert recovered from his “worst shot ever” to beat South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout in a play-off and claim his first European Tour title at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic R4 - Herbert wins in play-off
Australia’s Lucas Herbert celebrates with his trophy. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Herbert birdied the second extra hole at Emirates Golf Club to edge out Bezuidenhout after the pair had finished tied on nine under par following matching final rounds of 68.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau held a share of the lead after a birdie on the 13th but bogeyed each of the last four holes to finish in a tie for eighth.

Bezuidenhout had looked set for victory on the first play-off hole when Herbert went for the green in two but carved his approach wildly into the water, a shot he described to his caddie as “maybe the the worst shot I’ve ever hit in my life”.


However, Herbert managed to regain his composure and, after a penalty drop, hit a superb pitch to within two feet of the hole to save par before Bezuidenhout was unable to convert a long birdie putt.

Herbert made the most of his reprieve with a huge drive on the second extra hole and this time only needed an iron to find the putting surface to set up a two-putt birdie as Bezuidenhout was unable to get up and down from over the green.

“It’s awesome, just the best thing ever,” Herbert told Sky Sports. “I’ve got a bottle of scotch back home in Australia to celebrate so I can’t wait to get into that with the boys.

“The last 10 minutes feels like I’ve just been dreaming. It’s so weird.

“Last week I was probably 20th going into the weekend and for about the 10th time in the last 12 months seemed to just back it out and finished at the back of the field.


“I got really frustrated so put in some really good tactics this week with my mental coach Jamie Glazier, trying to be really positive. It’s such a cliche but it works so much, I felt so confident out there.”

Bezuidenhout had earlier held a two-shot lead as he stood in the 18th fairway in regulation, only to spin his third shot off the green into the water. The resulting bogey opened the door for the chasing pack and Herbert took advantage with birdies on the 17th and 18th to force the play-off.


“I thought Ashun (Wu) was still on 11 under so I tried to make a birdie,” Bezuidenhout said. “I laid it up to my perfect yardage, 78 yards to the flag and it just came off a little bit low on the face, a little bit soft.”

England’s Tom Lewis shared third place on seven under par with Spain’s Adri Arnaus and South African Dean Burmester, with overnight leader Wu a shot further back alongside Kurt Kitayama after covering the back nine in 42 in his closing 77.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-9
69
71
71
68
279
2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-9
73
66
72
68
279
T3
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-7
72
68
71
70
281
T3
Dean Burmester
RSA
-7
69
68
72
72
281
T3
Tom Lewis
ENG
-7
73
69
65
74
281
T6
Ashun Wu
CHI
-6
69
69
67
77
282
T6
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-6
69
70
68
75
282
T8
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-5
70
67
70
76
283
T8
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-5
74
71
67
71
283
T8
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
74
70
67
72
283
T11
David Lipsky
USA
-4
68
75
71
70
284
T11
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
69
67
72
76
284
T11
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
69
71
75
69
284
T11
Shane Lowry
IRL
-4
72
69
69
74
284
T11
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
75
65
69
75
284
T16
Grant Forrest
SCO
-3
73
68
69
75
285
T16
Ian Poulter
ENG
-3
71
73
71
70
285
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
73
70
66
76
285
T16
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
71
71
70
73
285
T16
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
72
71
73
69
285
T16
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-3
72
74
69
70
285
T16
Victor Perez
FRA
-3
73
66
67
79
285
T23
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-2
71
72
73
70
286
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
72
72
70
72
286
T23
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-2
71
72
70
73
286
T23
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-2
71
70
71
74
286
T27
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
73
71
70
73
287
T27
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-1
69
74
70
74
287
T27
Romain Langasque
FRA
-1
69
69
73
76
287
T30
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
Par
74
71
68
75
288
T30
Ryan Fox
NZL
Par
76
70
66
76
288
T32
Jordan Smith
ENG
1
72
70
71
76
289
T32
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
71
74
73
71
289
T32
Scott Jamieson
SCO
1
74
71
69
75
289
T32
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
1
73
73
72
71
289
T32
Thomas Detry
BEL
1
73
72
72
72
289
T37
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
70
75
69
76
290
T37
Henrik Stenson
SWE
2
72
70
72
76
290
T37
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
76
70
65
79
290
T37
Justin Harding
RSA
2
71
73
71
75
290
T37
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
2
69
76
65
80
290
T37
Thomas Pieters
BEL
2
67
77
69
77
290
T43
Danny Willett
ENG
3
76
70
72
73
291
T43
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
3
75
70
73
73
291
T45
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
72
71
74
75
292
T45
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
77
69
72
74
292
T45
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
4
72
73
68
79
292
T45
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
4
74
71
69
78
292
T45
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
69
68
79
76
292
T50
David Law
SCO
5
75
71
76
71
293
T50
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
5
73
71
74
75
293
T50
Lee Westwood
ENG
5
78
68
73
74
293
T50
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
5
77
69
69
78
293
T50
Padraig Harrington
IRL
5
71
75
73
74
293
T50
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
70
76
76
71
293
T56
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
6
69
73
75
77
294
T56
Shaun Norris
RSA
6
69
73
72
80
294
T58
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
7
73
73
70
79
295
T58
David Drysdale
SCO
7
74
71
74
76
295
T58
Jason Scrivener
AUS
7
77
69
73
76
295
T58
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
7
75
70
74
76
295
T58
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
7
74
72
75
74
295
T58
Richie Ramsay
SCO
7
73
73
73
76
295
T58
Sean Crocker
USA
7
72
72
75
76
295
T58
Zander Lombard
RSA
7
71
75
74
75
295
T66
Joost Luiten
NED
8
72
72
73
79
296
T66
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
8
74
68
72
82
296
T66
Nino Bertasio
ITA
8
74
70
70
82
296
T66
Sebastian Heisele
GER
8
70
69
74
83
296
70
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
10
71
75
77
75
298
71
Aaron Rai
ENG
11
77
69
72
81
299
CUT
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
76
71
147
CUT
Benjamin Poke
DNK
3
76
71
147
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
3
72
75
147
CUT
James Morrison
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Jayden Schaper
RSA
3
71
76
147
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
77
70
147
CUT
Ross Fisher
ENG
3
75
72
147
CUT
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
4
76
72
148
CUT
David Horsey
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
4
79
69
148
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
73
75
148
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
4
72
76
148
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
77
71
148
CUT
Taehee Lee
KOR
4
72
76
148
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
4
74
74
148
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
75
74
149
CUT
David Howell
ENG
5
80
69
149
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
79
70
149
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
5
75
74
149
CUT
Paul Waring
ENG
5
77
72
149
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
5
76
73
149
CUT
Renato Paratore
ITA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Richard Sterne
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
6
75
75
150
CUT
Daniel Gaunt
AUS
6
78
72
150
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
6
76
74
150
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
6
75
75
150
CUT
Justin Walters
RSA
6
78
72
150
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
73
77
150
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
78
73
151
CUT
Alexander Levy
FRA
8
81
71
152
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
8
73
79
152
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
8
76
76
152
CUT
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
8
75
77
152
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
8
73
79
152
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
8
77
75
152
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
9
76
77
153
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
9
77
76
153
CUT
Oliver Wilson
ENG
9
75
78
153
CUT
Paul Lawrie
SCO
9
77
76
153
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
10
75
79
154
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
10
78
76
154
CUT
Joshua Hill
ENG
10
77
77
154
CUT
Shugo Imahira
JPN
11
81
74
155
CUT
Graeme Storm
ENG
12
83
73
156
CUT
Jorge Campillo
ESP
12
76
80
156
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
12
79
77
156
CUT
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
12
81
75
156
CUT
Chris Wood
ENG
13
79
78
157
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MOR
14
79
79
158
CUT
Andrea Pavan
ITA
14
76
82
158
CUT
Harry Konig
ENG
16
80
80
160
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
18
82
80
162
CUT
Othman Al Mulla
KSA
27
83
88
171
DSQ
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
77
77
RET
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
0