PGA Tour pro has Lucas Herbert opened up on his hiatus from professional golf.
The Australian hasn't been seen on tour since he missed the cut at the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
In his first competitive start in more than two months, Herbert posted an opening 9-under 63 to take the early lead at the Fortinet Championship.
The tournament is the first event of the reimagined fall schedule which sees players jockeying for position in the 2024 FedEx Cup as well as trying to get into some of the early signature events.
Later, Herbert spoke with reporters about some of the struggles off the course.
Turns out, it got to the point where at times he was wishing his flights would be cancelled ahead of an event.
And he felt he was turning into a 'bitter' and 'spiteful' person.
"From the outside it doesn't look like the greatest decision to make," Herbert said. "But I really needed the reset."
The 27-year-old, who has won four times around the world including the most recent ISPS Handa Championship, said golf has been 'getting me down pretty hard this year'.
Here's PGA Tour pro Lucas Herbert opening up on some of his mental health struggles.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) September 15, 2023
He has returned to action this week after not playing since the 151st Open. pic.twitter.com/WhZM5wOU9P
Herbert said the issue primarily came from managing his expectations. He was turning into a 'bitter and spiteful person', he said.
He added: "Not over the top, but I didn't like the version of myself I look back on and see at the Open Championship. I think I was wound up pretty tight and kind of lashed out at people around me too quickly, too easy."
Before he departed his press conference, he added: "I felt like if I could just come out here and be like a better person, the golf game's kind of the next thing, but like just being a better person I think to the people around me, my relationships, you know, family, friends, that only benefit."
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