GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jim Herman‘s acquired a plan to maintain his PGA Tour profession thriving — play extra rounds with President Donald Trump.
Each time Herman performs golf with the president, quickly after he hoists a trophy.
It occurred in 2016 along with his breakthrough victory on the Houston Open, once more earlier than he received the Barbasol event final yr — and now earlier than Herman’s inconceivable rally Sunday on the Wyndham Championship to make the FedEx Cup playoffs.
“He is been a giant supporter of mine,” Herman mentioned about Trump, his common golf associate whereas working as an assistant skilled at Trump Nationwide Bedminster in New Jersey. “I have to play golf with him slightly bit extra.”
Herman gave the president lots to cheer about on the weekend, a victory even the 42-year-old did not see coming.
“This was out of the blue. I will inform you that,” Herman mentioned.
Herman shot a 7-under 63 for a 1-stroke victory over Billy Horschel, overcoming a 4-stroke deficit within the remaining spherical at Sedgefield Nation Membership. Herman moved previous Horschel with a birdie on the 71st gap.
A mutual good friend handed alongside the president’s finest needs Saturday, Herman mentioned. He had not heard from Trump but. “You by no means know what may occur later tonight or tomorrow morning,” Herman mentioned. “There have been some rumors he was undoubtedly watching.”
Herman completed at 21-under 259.
Horschel closed with a 65. He had a remaining probability to tie on the 72nd gap, however his 8-foot birdie putt moved left of the cup.
Herman acquired into the playoffs, leaping from 192nd to 54th within the race for the 125 spots.
Herman had two birdies and an eagle — from 59 ft — on his first 5 holes to catch as much as Kim. Then, trailing Horschel by a stroke, Herman caught his method to No. 17 to only over three ft for a birdie to achieve 21 below. He took the lead when Horschel missed a 12-footer for par on 16.
It was fairly per week for Herman, who had three birdies over his remaining 4 holes Friday merely to make the reduce. He adopted that up with a career-low 61 on Saturday to get into hanging distance earlier than taking the victory.
He had come off a poor exhibiting on the PGA Championship and could not discover the golf green early on right here. “That is going to be a reasonably fast week if we do not get this discovered,” he advised his caddie.
His subsequent tee shot break up the golf green and Herman was off and working.
Horschel regarded as if he was the one to rally as he moved from three photographs behind Kim to the lead with a birdie-eagle-birdie run on the entrance 9 whereas Kim struggled with a double bogey and a bogey over his first eight holes.
Horschel had an 11-footer for birdie that did not fall on the 17th gap earlier than his miss on No. 18.
“Just a little disillusioned,” he mentioned. “I had two beauty on the final two holes and the best way I used to be rolling, I believed I might make one among them.”
Kim was a birdie machine with 21 birdies and a hole-in-one the primary three rounds. However he stumbled out of the gate and a pair of unhealthy drives value him his first win since The Gamers Championship in 2017.
He drove proper right into a hazard of thick grass on the sixth gap and, regardless of six folks looking, couldn’t discover his ball. Kim made double bogey to fall from the highest.
Two holes later, Kim would up close to a cart-path bridge for a bogey to fall Four photographs off the lead.