Ex-trump Pro Jim Herman Featured In S.I. Golf Cover Story

Ex-trump Pro Jim Herman Featured In S.I. Golf Cover Story

Jim Herman, 38, who spent two years working as an assistant pro at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster (2006-07), was the most unlikely player to earn his way into this year’s Masters when he won the Shell Open in Houston on the Sunday before Masters week.

Herman's Cinderella-like story earned him a last-minute spot into his first Masters. The victory for the journeyman golfer– he knocked around the mini tours for quite a while – got him a 2½-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a first-place prize of $1.224 million.

This week, Herman’s route to success was retold as the cover story on S.I. Golf’s Players Championship Issue


Almost immediately after winning the Shell Open, Herman received a tweet from his old boss, Donald Trump, who was stumping in Wisconsin ahead of the primaries there.

With Trump's financial assistance, Herman finally advanced far enough through Q-School to earn a Web.com Tour spot in 2008. He played 114 events and finally won one. He moved up to the PGA Tour in 2011, but was 0-for-106 tournaments until Sunday. On the 72nd green at the Shell Open, Herman, 38, needed a two-putt from 20-feet for a win, and he got it.

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