“To get through all of that and get here for the third time is pretty amazing.”
And making the victory at Sedgefield even more satisfying was Herman’s performance this weekend.
To even be able to play the last two rounds at Sedgefield, Herman had to fight over the last nine on Friday. When he bugged the 14th hole he had actually fallen out of the cut line, but birdies on his next three holes got him Saturday’s tee time.
He shot a stellar 61 without a bogey on Saturday, one of two rounds of 9s that the Donald Ross Jewel dropped under that day. He then came back four shots back and withstood some of the best in the TOUR to Horschel, the 2014 FedExCup winner, and former Wyndham and PLAYERS champions Si Woo Kim and Webb Simpson, to name a few. only a few, with a final of 63.
Not bad for a guy who has now used a different putter stroke in each of his wins – the claw in Houston, a conventional grip at Barbasol and a cross hand at Wyndham where he returned to one of his old Bettinardi putters.
“I was thinking of doing it Sunday at the PGA,” Herman reported. “I had it with me, a different model, and I was going to do it, but I didn’t. I just stayed true to what I was doing, conventional, in Harding Park.
“But I got here, and these greens are so perfect, you have to be able to start the ball where you look with the right speed, and the crossed hands make the ball spin a little better for me right now and I just went with it.
The decision turned out to be inspired.
Among Sunday’s many keys was 59-footer Herman who made a hole for the eagle on the fifth hole. In all, he put in 157 feet in the final round and 444 for the week. He placed first in Greens in regulation and in the top five in strokes won: Putting, Approach-the-Green, Off-the-Tee and Tee-to-Green.
So while we might not have seen the victory coming, Herman’s performance was solid at Sedgefield. Forget the 27 missed cuts in his last 40 starts. He played with confidence and conviction in a victory which he described as “very satisfying” and should allow himself to savor.
“I guess every time you win, you never really expect it,” Herman said. “I mean, there are the guys at the top, you expect them to win every week and they should expect that, they’re so good. You know, we’re all really, really good here, but the mental game beats you. …
“I really don’t know that yet, other than it’s very, very satisfying, you know, to be in the mix after yesterday’s lap, to get into a position of being near the head and then come back from behind and go down on a Sunday. to win.
“You watch it on TV, I watch it on TV all the time watching guys and now being able to do it is pretty amazing. “