Herman living a dream with unlikely Masters invite

Mon Apr 4, 2016 5:12pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Jim Herman is living the American dream and on Monday the journeyman still was not quite sure if he had woken up after securing a last-minute Masters invite with his first PGA Tour victory.

A visit to Augusta National for the year's first major is a trip to a golfing dreamland for fans and players alike and one Herman, ranked 191st in the world, was not anticipating when he arrived at the Houston Open for his 106th PGA Tour start.

"You want to dream, you want to believe that you're going to make it (to a Masters)," a smiling but clearly fatigued Herman told a pre-Masters news conference a day after his Houston Open triumph. "But you just don't know until it's upon you.

"There were a lot of opportunities yesterday that in years past, I wouldn't have been able to get through and hold on and win the tournament, and I wouldn't be here obviously today.

"I feel like maybe I'm going to wake up and I'm going to be still on maybe Saturday night going into the final round again and I haven't done it yet. But I don't think that's happening. I think we're here."

If it hasn't already, reality will soon hit home for the 38-year-old has he takes aim at a coveted Green Jacket.

The working class golfer is sure to have plenty of support from the galleries at Augusta National and even the backing of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

"He's been a big supporter of mine," praised Herman. "He helped me early on in my years financially and maybe just a little shot in the arm of confidence.   Continued...

 
PGA golfer Jim Herman tees off on the 13th hole during the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports