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Jim Herman
Personal information
Full nameJames Robert Herman
Born (1977-11-05) November 5, 1977 (age 46)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceTelford, Pennsylvania
ChildrenAbigail, Andrew
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Web.com Tour
Professional wins4
Highest ranking68 (April 3, 2016)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament53rd: 2021
PGA ChampionshipT44: 2017
U.S. OpenT47: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT43: 2016

James Robert Herman (born November 5, 1977) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio,[2] Herman learned to play golf at the Shawnee Lookout course in Hamilton County.[3] He graduated from Our Lady of Victory grade school, and played golf at St. Xavier High School and graduated in 1996.[4] He played college golf at the University of Cincinnati,[2] and turned professional in 2000.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Herman played on the mini-tour, Golden Bear Tour from 2001 to 2004.[2] He was then an assistant golf pro at several golf clubs before qualifying for the Nationwide Tour after finishing T74 at the 2007 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.[2] He played on the Nationwide Tour in 2008–10 and 2012,[2] winning once at the 2010 Moonah Classic in Australia.[5]

Herman was a PGA Tour rookie in 2011, after finishing 19th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2010. He played in the U.S. Open in 2010 and finished 47th.

In 2011, he finished 178th in the FedEx points list and dropped back to the Nationwide Tour (renamed the Web.com Tour) for 2012.[6] In 2012, he finished 25th to earn a return to the PGA Tour for 2013.

In 2013 he finished 139th on the PGA Tour, but ranked 19th (excluding Top 25) in the Web.com Finals. Similarly in 2014, he finished 182nd on Tour but then ranked 7th in the Web.com Finals.

A final round of 65 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2015, moved him into a tie for fourth, a career best finish at the time. He finished 2015 in 74th place in the FedEx list, thus avoiding the Web.com Tour for the first time.

On April 3, 2016, Herman recorded his first PGA Tour victory, in his 106th start, at the Shell Houston Open. He shot a final round of 68 for a 15-under-par total to complete a one shot win over Henrik Stenson. After Stenson missed a putt to tie Herman, he successfully two putted the final green for the win and earned an invitation to the following week's Masters Tournament, an event he then played for his first time.[7] He also earned his first invitation to the PGA Championship as a Tour winner and the Open Championship as an alternate after Billy Hurley III withdrew. Herman's career high world ranking is 68th, achieved after his win.

Herman was an assistant professional at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. former President Donald Trump, the course owner, encouraged Herman to chase his dream of playing professionally.[8]

A foot injury limited Herman to nine events in 2018. He started the next season with a Major Medical Extension, but did not meet the terms and was demoted to the Past Champions Category.

In July 2019, Herman won the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky. Herman carded a two-under 70 in the closing round to finish on 26 under overall ahead of Kelly Kraft. Kraft had been leading by one with three holes left to play, but could only manage bogeys on the par-three 16th and par-four 17th. The victory secured Herman his PGA Tour card until the end of the 2020–21 season as well as granting him entry to the 2020 Players Championship, PGA Championship and Sentry Tournament of Champions. [9] Prior to the win, Herman had only made three cuts in 19 events during the 2019 season.[3]

In August 2020, Herman won the Wyndham Championship. This win put him into the FedEx Cup playoffs.[10]

Professional wins (4)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Apr 3, 2016 Shell Houston Open 69-69-67-68=273 −15 1 stroke Sweden Henrik Stenson
2 Jul 21, 2019 Barbasol Championship 65-65-62-70=262 −26 1 stroke United States Kelly Kraft
3 Aug 16, 2020 Wyndham Championship 66-69-61-63=259 −21 1 stroke United States Billy Horschel

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Feb 7, 2010 Moonah Classic1 62-70-75-70=277 −11 Playoff United States Chris Kirk

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

Nationwide Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2010 Moonah Classic United States Chris Kirk Won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T47 CUT T67 CUT
The Open Championship T43
PGA Championship CUT T44
Tournament 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Masters Tournament 53
PGA Championship T77 CUT
The Open Championship NT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
NT = no tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
The Players Championship CUT T35 C CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Canceled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Match Play NT1
Invitational T27 T46
Champions T38 NT1 NT1

1Canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = tied

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 14 2016 Ending 3 Apr 2016" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Jim Herman – Profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Beall, Joel (August 29, 2019). "A PGA Tour player's goodbye, and record-breaking round, at his childhood course". Golf Digest. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame". St. Xavier High School. Archived from the original on June 27, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Herman birdies first playoff hole for win". ESPN. Associated Press. February 7, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jim Herman – Career". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Jim Herman gets into Masters with Houston Open win". ESPN. April 4, 2016.
  8. ^ Cannizzaro, Mark (April 5, 2016). "Jim Herman's dream PGA run made possible by Donald Trump". New York Post.
  9. ^ "Herman capitalises on Kraft slip to win Barbasol". RTE. July 22, 2019. Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jim Herman rallies to win Wyndham, qualify for FedEx playoffs". ESPN. Associated Press. August 16, 2020. Retrieved August 16, 2020.

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