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By : BGA Proshop
Jim Herman wins the Wyndham Championship after a come from behind victory.
Starting the day 4 behind the overnight leader Si Woo Kim, Herman was in form early with two birdies and a 59-foot eagle on the 5th hole giving him a tie of the lead. He continued his hot round from Saturday where he shot a round of 61 with 9 birdies and finished his round with 5 in a row.
For Herman, the road to victory started on Friday where the 42-year-old needed to rattle off three straight birdies to make the cut. From there he played the last 24 holes in 12 under and that included a bogey.
“It’s going to be tough to put in words exactly what this means,” Herman said
“61-63, some of the best golf I’ve ever played,” Herman said later. “Best golf I’ve played in my life obviously. Last summer was pretty close, but these two rounds, pretty special.”
As Kim struggled to keep up with the field with a double bogey and a bogey over his first eight holes, Billy Horschel was trying to catch Herman. Horschel was in contention with a birdie, eagle, birdie, par, birdie run on the front nine and went out in 31. By the 15th with another 2 birdies, he was in the lead but a costly bogey on the 16th made him co-leader.
Meanwhile, in front Herman birdied his 17th hole to take the lead and was the clubhouse leader at 21 under. Horschel had a chance to take it into a playoff with his final hole and after hitting his approach to 8 feet had a chance to tie but his putt just missed and Herman claimed his third PGA Tour career victory.
The victory means alot to Herman. For one, he will extend his full status on the PGA Tour. It will also jump him back into the top 100 in the world ranking. (He had fallen outside the top 300.) It will also continue his PGA Tour season at least two more weeks. Herman had made just 7 of 18 cuts this season and had no top 25 finishes entering this week, but after a victory he’s now ranked 54th in the FedEx Cup standings. That’ll guarantee him a spot in the first two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, as well as a spot in the 2021 Masters, which will be his second trip to Augusta National. No doubt there will be some celebrating tonight.