Day's kind words for disheartened Herbert

Darren Walton

Jason Day offered Lucas Herbert some words of comfort after the ambitious youngster endured a gut-wrenching finish to his promising British Open debut.

Herbert was inconsolable after leaking three shots on Carnoustie's brutal last two holes in a six-over-par final round of 77.

The late crash sent the 22-year-old tumbling down the leaderboard after he started championship Sunday in 28th spot, just seven shots off the lead, and an outside chance of stealing the Claret Jug.

"So I'm not stoked with that. Plenty to take away, I guess, but not happy with that finish," Herbert said.

Despite his bitter disappointment, Herbert still managed equal 51st overall, a huge improvement on his missed cut at last month's US Open - and better than Day's tied 60th on his major debut at St Andrews in 2010.

Day followed that effort up by finishing 11th at the 2010 PGA "Championship and runner-up at the 2011 Masters and US Open in his next three majors.

The former world No.1 hailed both Victorian Herbert and 23-year-old Sydneysider Cameron Davis - who finished joint 39th at plus two in his major debut - as a breath of fresh air for Australian golf

"It's your first major, especially over here in the Open Championship on a difficult golf course," Day said.

"It's difficult before you even get here to see how it's playing so it's just great because they're not scared and that's what we need for Australian golf - guys like that coming up through the ranks.

"Some guys playing some good golf and showing that we have tremendous down there.

"Hopefully those guys keep kicking on and we see them on the PGA Tour soon."

Herbert said that was his long-term goal.

"I'm trying to get my card in Europe, which obviously that finish didn't really help today," he said.

"If I can get myself some playing rights in Europe and play a full season over there, that would give me a good chance to bridge across to the US Tour."