American golfer Jim Herman was bursting with excitement this week after “the best golf I’ve played in my life”. Herman played a spectacular 61 and a 63, which took him into the lead and earned him the Wyndham title.
This win was just the latest in a career of improbable comebacks achieved by the American golfer. Just a week after the youngster, 23-year old Collin Morikawa’s stellar performance in the American PGA-tournament, Herman showed the ‘old guys’ still has what it takes.
The 42-year old veteran had to wait until 38 before his first PGA-triumph but can now call himself a three-time winner after he showed off the energy of youth at the Greensboro-course in North Carolina, US. The age of 40 has long been seen as the expiry date in professional golf, but with Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Tiger Woods all winning majors after their 40th birthdays in the past decade, this seems to be a thing of the past.
However, veterans do win less, as Herman readily admitted. “Apart from a few victories by the older guys in their 40’s, this is a young man’s game,” he said according to Reuters. “So it’s nice to show you can still do it after 40!”.
Herman played an excellent 61 (9-under) in the third round at Wyndham and ended up in fifth place. It’s not easy to follow one stellar round with another, but this American just kept going.
Two birdies and an eagle within the first five holes placed him in the lead.
Another three birdies kept him in front of fellow American, Billy Horschel and eventually led to his victory.
Not a bad day at the office for the American golfer - the tournament's purse was $6,400,000, with Jim winning around $1,152,000. “Sure, you can’t expect to be at 61 or 63 on a regular basis, but when you need to, you have no other option than to delve deep.
This was the best golf I’ve played in my life!” Herman said after his spectacular win. It is clear age is but a number when it comes to golf, and Jim Herman who once again proved that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.