Jim Herman gets into Masters with win at Houston Open

Reigning Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for 13th in Houston. Photo Courtesy: shellhoustonopen.com
Reigning Masters champion Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for 13th in Houston.
Photo Courtesy: shellhoustonopen.com

By Jay Betsill

Winless in 105 starts on the PGA Tour, Jim Herman captured a 1-shot victory over Henrik Stenson to win the Shell Houston Open and secure his first trip to The Masters.

“Sorry for the tears, but I’m pretty happy,” Herman said. “We really did a good job keeping our game plan. We wanted to give ourselves as many birdie chances as we could and keep it low stress.

“And geez, look what happened. Never thought it was possible.”

The 37-year-old Herman arrived at the Golf Club of Houston at No. 191 in the world.

The victory also gets Herman into the season’s final major, the PGA Championship for the first time in his career.

Notables in the field included Dustin Johnson (3, -13), Rickie Fowler (T10, -9), Patrick Reed (T10, -9), Phil Mickelson (T13, -8), Jordan Spieth (T13, -8) and Ernie Els (T38, -3).

Up next is the season’s first major, The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

NOTES
— 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples will miss this year’s tournament with a bad back. Read about it at espn.com

— Lydia Ko captured her second major in a row with a victory at the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage.

“This is an unbelievable moment,” Ko said before taking the traditional victory leap into the pond at Mission Hills CC.

— The leaders of golf’s major championships announced on Monday that the gold-medal winners at the men’s and women’s Olympic golf tournaments in Rio will receive exemptions into their respective major champions the following year. Read about it here.