Herman wins Houston Open to get into the Masters

"We really did a good job keeping our game plan".

"I had eight water balls this week - give me eight more shots and we win the golf tournament", Spieth said.

"I told Mr. Trump that Jim had never been given the financial opportunity to try and I thought it would behoove him to sponsor him", Gallagher said.

World No. 191 Herman had never won in 105 previous starts on the US PGA Tour - his only pro win anywhere was the Moonah Classic in Australia six years ago.

Herman held his nerve after that to close out victory ahead of Stenson, who had three birdies and a bogey on the back nine.

In his 5 year on the Tour, Herman entered the final round with a 54-hole lead for the first time. He played the remaining 11 holes in three-over and ended the week in a tie for 13th. I've been a fan of golf my whole life, dreaming of playing here and now it's happened... Trump has made some outlandish claims during his presidential run, but it isn't stretching the truth a millimeter for him to say Herman wouldn't have been holding that trophy Sunday night without Trump's financial assistance.

In April 2006, businessman Donald Trump was introduced to Jim Herman, the assistant golf pro at Trump's swanky country club in Bedminster, N.J., over a round of golf.

Trump played alongside Herman triumphantly in a match last month in Florida, with former PGA player Dana Quigley an opponent after having been a Trump partner just the day before. American journeymen Jim Herman and Jamie Lovemark carded 67 and 70 to head a crowded leaderboard at 11-under 205.

World number two Jordan Spieth (70) should perhaps have finished alongside them, only to find water on his final hole.

Stenson fell back with a bogey from the bunker on the 14th hole, only to get that stroke back on the par-5 15th.

"He helped me early on in my years financially and maybe just a little shot in the arm of confidence", Herman said. He missed the green there and faced a tough up-and-down from thick rough to stay in a share.

He nailed his tee shot down the middle of the fairway on 17 and after a two putt par, he walked toward the most hard hole on the course; and the longest, most gut-wrenching wait on the 18 tee. Herman drilled it 316 yards down the middle, hit a safe shot to the middle of the green, and two putts later he was on his way to Augusta National.

Jimenez started the day in third place, three shots behind the leader Scott Dunlap.

It is Jimenez's third victory on the PGA Tour Champions in just 10 starts dating back to 2014. The first round was moved to Saturday after heavy rain wiped out play on Friday at Fallen Oak.

Lydia Ko took advantage of Ariya Jutanugarn's late collapse to win the ANA Inspiration on Sunday for her second straight major victory and second LPGA Tour win a row. But there was a hint how much he wanted the win at No. 16, where he chipped in from 40 feet for birdie, turning what had been a weakness — his short game — into a strength and pumping his fists.

Dustin Johnson (3-under 69) was third at 13-under 275.

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