Friday 23 June 2017

Quiet man Herman a Trump fan

Jim Herman:
Jim Herman: "I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish." Photo: by Getty Images

William S Callahan

Golfing with Donald Trump seems to be the 'in' thing for top players these days, with Tiger Woods spending time on the course with the US president-elect before Christmas.

That brought the total number of presidents who played golf with Woods to four - Trump, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

However, when it comes to Trump, PGA Tour player Jim Herman has the inside track.

Herman (39) is an unlikely competitor at the SBS Tournament of Champions, where he shot an opening 67 in the elite 32-man field made up of 2016 winners on the Tour.

He plays in Maui due to his victory in the Shell Houston Open last year, a reward for dogged persistence and refusal to quit on his professional dreams.

Herman famously was an assistant club pro at Trump National Bedminster in 2006-07, and played numerous rounds with 'The Donald' and his celebrity friends.

He never had a swing coach or sports psychologist and marks his ball on the greens with Presidential dollar gold coins.

"It's been 11 years I guess of Web.com and PGA Tour and I'm very, very lucky, but I'm very proud of what I've been able to accomplish," said Herman ahead of yesterday's second round on the Plantation Course.

The Ohio native is booked to attend Trump's inauguration on January 20, and they played 18 holes just over two weeks ago.

"We were partners. We took on three members of the club and we were victorious," said Herman.

The pro is always happy to take on opposition with Trump by his side.

"Oh, man, if he plays the right tees, he can play the game. He's 70 years old; you know, he hits the greens. He's in great shape because he can putt really well. Good driver of the ball and good putter," he said.

  • SBS Tournament of Champions, Live, Sky Sports 4, 9.0pm

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