Jim Herman has collected his maiden PGA Tour Victory at the Shell Houston Open.
Jim Herman with his prized Trophy
Jim carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston, with a tournament total of -15 under par, a one shot maiden victory. Henrik Stenson pushed him all the way, but Jim pulled off a bit of magic with a chip in birdie at 16.
Instead of heading home Jim is now going to Augusta;
“It’s a whirlwind, this is crazy.”
“I’ve dreamt of this for a long time and now it’s here. I’m going to enjoy it.”
“We’ll get our daughter out of school and they’ll be up at Augusta next week.”
“I’m pretty proud of myself to get up there, first time I was in the final group, and bring it home.”
Henrik Stenson finished in second place, that one shot back at -14 under par after his last round of -4 under par 68. Henrik is in a second place slump, this is his eighth runner-up finish since his last worldwide victory, which was at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in November 2014;
“I feel like a lot of times I put myself in the mix without playing really, really good, which I think is a great statement to my kind of low level of game.”
“We’ll see when it’s going to happen, sooner or later. I’m not worried about that.”
Third place was claimed by Dustin Johnson, at -13 under par for the tournament, a last round -3 under par 69 not quite good enough.
Round of the day went to Rafa Cabrera Bello, -7 under par 65, which got him into fourth place on his own at -12 under par.
Jordan Spieth started the final round five shots off the lead, and quickly accomplished his goal to sprint into contention. He birdied five of his first seven holes to reach -11 under par. He seemed unstoppable with a putter in his hand, but bogeys at 9, 11 and 12 followed by a double-bogey at the 18th, after finding water again, for the eighth time this week, stopped his charge, finishing T13 at -8 under;
“Good news is I got myself in contention.”
“I felt the nerves, I know what I need to work on under pressure now for next week. Everything is there.”