Lucas Herbert will hope to use the spectacular surrounds of the Hills Golf Club in Gothenburg to spark a surge similar to that of his breakout 2018 season on the European Tour.
Herbert is in the first group of the day at the Scandanavian Invitation in Sweden alongside fellow Aussie Sam Brazel with a total of 10 Australians teeing it up as the European Tour builds towards its climax in Dubai in December.
It was in this event 12 months ago that Herbert began to make the dream of a European Tour card in 2019 a reality.
A top-five finish not only moved him inside the top 100 in the Race to Dubai rankings but also provided the shot in the arm to go on a tear in the ensuing months, two top-five finishes at the Portugal Masters and British Masters and a tie for seventh at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship propelling him into the field for the DP World Tour Championship and a full card for the following season.
The 23-year-old has struggled to gather any momentum this year, his best result coming back in January with a tie for seventh at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and with just the one top-25 finish since.
Like Herbert a year ago, Min Woo Lee has earned enough prize money in the first half of the year to secure unlimited invitations for the rest of the season, the 21-year-old returning for his first event since he was tied for 23rd at the Andalucia Masters in June.
Currently 90th in the Race to Dubai rankings, Lee needs to maintain a position inside the top 100 in order to secure full status in 2020.
In 38th position Scott Hend is the highest placed Australian on the Order of Merit but is not playing this week in Sweden, West Australian Jason Scrivener the best positioned on the moneylist at The Hills in 57th on the moneylist.
Other Australians in the field this week are Wade Ormsby (86th), Sam Brazel (149th), Dimi Papadatos (170th), Nick Cullen (194th) and Deyen Lawson (201st).
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