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Jim Herman captures third career US PGA title, Shane Lowry finishes nine shots behind

Irish golfer Seamus Power also had a creditable final day, with a 66 leaving him on 10 under.

Jim Herman holds the championship trophy after winning the final round of the Wyndham Championship.
Jim Herman holds the championship trophy after winning the final round of the Wyndham Championship.

JIM HERMAN fired an eagle and seven birdies in a seven-under par 63 on Sunday to capture his third US PGA Tour title at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Herman followed up his career-low round of 61 with another sparkling effort at Sedgefield Country Club, where his 21-under par total of 259 gave him a one-stroke triumph over former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.

The win in the final regular-season event before the US tour’s playoffs begin also vaulted Herman from 192nd — outside the playoff field — to 54th in the FedEx Cup standings.

That gets him into the 125-man Northern Trust at TPC Boston next week with room to spare.

“Oh my gosh, obviously (I’m) ecstatic,” said the 42-year-old Herman, his voice breaking. “It’s tough to put into words what this means.”

Herman picked up where he left off on Saturday with 29-foot birdie putt at the first, followed by a tap-in birdie at the fourth and a 60-foot eagle putt at the fifth.

After his lone bogey at the sixth, he rolled in a 14-foot birdie at the 14th and a five-footer at 13. Another birdie at the par-five 15th moved him to 20-under.

But Horschel, who also eagled the fifth, rolled in his fifth birdie of the day at the 15th to reach 21-under.

Herman seized the lead with a three-foot birdie at the 17th as Horschel bogeyed 16.

Horschel had birdie looks of 12 and nine feet at the last two holes but couldn’t get either putt to drop.

Herman added a third title to those he won at the 2016 Houston Open and 2019 Barbasol Championship.

But he certainly didn’t see a victory coming after a tough weekend at the PGA Championship at Harding Park last week — nor after he needed to birdie three of his last four holes at Sedgefield on Friday just to make the cut.

“I came here with no expectations, pretty much,” said Herman, who had missed the cut in eight of his last 11 starts.

“After four holes I had missed every fairway,” he added, saying he told his caddie it looked like being a short week.

It just shows that in golf anything is possible,” Herman said. “If you get your attitude right and make a few putts, anything can happen.”

Horschel, who out-dueled Rory McIlroy to win the 2014 Tour Championship and claim that year’s FedEx Cup title, was chasing a sixth career crown.

“It’s a little disappointing,” the 33-year-old said. “I had two good looks on the last two holes — I thought I would make one of them.”

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Overnight leader Kim Si-woo of South Korea, who was seeking a third tour title after he won the 2016 Wyndham and the 2017 Players Championship, carded an even par 70 to share third on 262 with Americans Kevin Kisner, Webb Simpson and Doc Redman.

Kisner fired a 64, Simpson signed for a 65 and Redman posted a 68.

Meanwhile, Shane Lowry finished on 12 under, after hitting 67 in his final round, while fellow Irish golfer Seamus Power also had a creditable final day, with a 66 leaving him on 10 under.

Leading final-round scores on Sunday in the US PGA Tour Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina (USA unless noted, par-70):

259 – Jim Herman 66-69-61-63

260 – Billy Horschel 66-64-65-65

262 – Kevin Kisner 69-64-65-64, Webb Simpson 66-66-65-65, Doc Redman 67-64-63-68, Kim Si-woo (KOR) 65-65-62-70

263 – Zach Johnson 70-67-61-65, Harold Varner 62-69-67-65

264 – Denny McCarthy 67-68-66-63, Patrick Reed 65-68-67-64, Russell Henley 68-68-63-65, Im Sung-jae (KOR) 69-64-66-65

265 – Sam Burns 67-68-65-65, Tyler Duncan 68-64-66-67

266 – Cameron Davis (AUS) 71-65-65-65, Bud Cauley 66-68-67-65, Jason Kokrak 69-63-67-67, Mark Hubbard 67-65-64-70, Rob Oppenheim 66-66-62-72

267 – Chris Baker 71-63-68-65, Dylan Frittelli (RSA) 69-65-66-67, Peter Malnati 68-65-64-70

268 – Shane Lowry (IRL) 68-63-70-67, Harris English 64-67-68-69

269 – Ryan Armour 73-64-65-67, Talor Gooch 65-65-68-71

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