Herman wins Houston Open to get into the Masters

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) Jim Herman picked the right time for his first PGA Tour victory. He closed with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Shell Houston Open and earn his first trip to the Masters.

Herman chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th hole to take the lead. He finished with two solid pars and beat Henrik Stenson by one shot.

The Houston Open was the final opportunity for players to get into the Masters.

Herman was No. 191 in the world ranking. The 37-year-old used to work in the pro shop at one of Donald Trump's golf courses when Trump encouraged him to give the PGA Tour one more try and helped support him financially. Herman still wears the logo of a Trump golf club on his shirt.

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