If you watched the Australian Masters final round you know that 18-year-old amateur Lucas Herbert set a course record during third round play, made a nice run at eventual winner Nick Cullen (while also fist-bumping his countryman at ever positive moment) and generally looked like a young player to be reckoned with. Herbert unfortunately double bogeyed the 18th, costing him a top-10 and a spot in this week's Australian Open.
Not to be deterred, Herbert and family felt flying was too unreliable to make it to Sydney in time, so they made the 11-hour drive from Melbourne to Sydney Sunday night as Lucas tried sleeping in the back, with an Aus Open Monday qualifier at Carnarvon Golf Club in mind. You can guess what happened next.
Michael Chammas of the Sydney Morning Herald with the amazing story.
"I birdied the last," Herbert said.
"I would have went into a playoff and it could have went anywhere from there. I shot five under today. I was pretty relieved. When I was driving up, we spoke about the disappointment, but I knew I had to forget about what happened and I did that. Dad said he was prepared to drive and then mum decided she wanted to help him out with the driving. I stretched out on the back seat and got some sleep. We stopped off at home [Bendigo] for some supplies, then kept on going.
"I reckon I woke up at about 6.30. It wasn't the best sleep I've ever had, but it was better than nothing. I was still wearing the same shirt that I wore at Metro and I had a 9.30 tee-off at Carnarvon, so I jumped in the shower at the club and away we went."