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Donald Trump-sponsored Jim Herman shakes off up-and-down second round to climb into contention of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

Jim Herman had a good round on Saturday and has a chance to win (megasportsnews.com)

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COLUMBUS, O. – Web.com Tour golfer Jim Herman had a bad day on Friday as he battled windy conditions. He said his play was sloppy off the tee and he tried to stay together mentally.

With all of his troubles, Herman was still in contention tied for ninth at 3-under par-139 with five other players.

Herman, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, rallied back on Saturday with a resounding performance. He is tied for second place with Tyrone Van Aswegen at 7-under par-206, three strokes behind the leader, Seung-Yul Noh at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course.

The one thing that stands out about Herman is, that you’ll see the letters TRUMP on his jackets, sweaters and shirts. He is sponsored by multi-millionaire businessman Donald Trump.

Trump does not sponsor many athletes. In addition to Herman, he backs David Frost from the Champions Tour and at one time Rocco Mediate.

One might wonder how Herman was fortunate enough to be sponsored by “The Donald”? “I’ve had a nice relationship with Mr. Trump”, Herman said. “I went to work for him in 2006. I was assistant professional for him for two years and qualified for the Web.com Tour my second season after working for him. He’s been a supporter and sponsor of mine. It’s nice to having someone like that on your shirt. You get a lot of attention, people ask about it.”

Herman told the media the story after his round about going to Bedminster, New Jersey to work for Trump. A job opened up there and a friend of his was the head professional, got interviews for the job and took it. Herman was hired shortly thereafter, spent a couple of years there but still kept his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida and went to Q-school in 2007.

Donald Trump is a dedicated sponsor to Jim Herman (2011 photo by Gage Skidmore via wikipedia commons)

Herman says that he saw Trump all the time in Bedminster. He plays golf all the time.

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is the third leg of four on the Web.com Tour Finals. The Hotel Fitness Championship in Ft. Wayne, Indiana kicked things off on August 29 with Trevor Immelman winning. The Chiquita Classic in Davidson, North Carolina last week was won by Andy Swoboda and the fourth event will take place on September 26, Web.com Tour Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

How the Web.com Finals works is the PGA Tour golfers #126-200 in the FedEx Cup points plus the Web.com Tour #1-75 on the money list compete.

The top 25 players on the money list for the Web.com Tour regular season are assured a PGA Tour Card. Also, the Finals will determine an additional 25 cards, based on cumulative earnings in those events, as well as the positioning of all 50 cards. Plus, 50 PGA Tour Cards will be awarded following the Web.com Tour Championship.

What’s at stake? Those 50 PGA Tour Cards, exempt status to the 2014 Players Championship awarded to:

#1 on the Web.com Tour Regular Season Money List.

#1 on the Web.com Tour Finals Money List.

 

MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT 3rd round: Stricker has 3 stroke lead heading to final round

Steve Stricker (photo by megasportsnews.com)

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is the man to catch on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

He has had a fantastic three rounds shooting a 68, 67 and 68 for a 12-under-par 204 and a three shot lead over his pal on the TOUR, Jonathan Byrd.

The 44-year-old Stricker, the world’s #8 golfer, Has competed in 11 Memorial Tournaments, and his best finish was a 13th in 1996.

To start his third round, Stricker recorded an eagle-2 on the 442-yard second hole with a 53 degree SW from 116 yards out. He followed three holes later with an eagle-3 on the 529-yard fifth hole. The last eagle on number-2 was by Chris Perry in 2001.

Stricker is the 13th player since 1983 to record eagles on a par-3, par-4 and par-5 in the same week (in stroke play events on TOUR). It is the first time in Memorial Tournament history. Rocco Mediate was the last to accomplish the feat at the 2010 Frys.com Open.

In Stricker’s first 592 holes this season he had two eagles. He has three in his last 20 holes.

Stricker is the only player in the field to post his opening three rounds in the 60′s. The last player to record four rounds in the 60′s at the Memorial was Bart Bryant on his way to the win in 2005 (69-69-66-68). Four rounds in the 60′s has only been accomplished eight times in Memorial Tournament history, with Fred Couples (1988 and 2004) the only player to do it twice. the others include Hal Sutton (1986), Paul Azinger (1993), Tom Lehman (1994), Steve Elkington (1995) and Tiger Woods (2001). Only Elkington and Couples, in 2004, did not win the tournament.

Stricker currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, home of the Badgers, but he is a University of Illinois alumnus.

He’s been on TOUR since 1990 and has 9 wins in the books.

He has won the PGA Tour’s comeback player of the year twice, in 2006 and 2007.

 

 

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PGA Tour members vote comeback award to Appleby

Stuart Appleby has been voted the PGA Tour 2010 comeback player of the year after rebounding from his worst season in 2009 to a much-improved season this year.

PGA golfers voted for Appleby over Rocco Mediate and Arjun Atwal.

Stuart Appleby (file photo)

Appleby was the winner of the Greenbrier Classic by closing the final round with a 59, making him one of only two players to hit golf’s magic number in the last round. His historic victory followed the 2009 season when he finished outside the top 125 on the money list for the first time since his rookie season.

The Australian used a one-time exemption for career money to be able to keep his card. His win helped him to finish 38th on the money list, and he capped the year by winning the Australian Masters.

compiled from staff & PGA Tour news

Rocco Mediate wins tournament with eagle-a-day strategy

Rocco Mediate (PGA Tour)

47-year-old Rocco Mediate holed out for an eagle for the fourth straight day over the weekend, hitting a wedge approach shot from 116 yards that spun back into the cup on the par-4 17th hole, propelling him to a one-shot win over Bo Van Pelt and Alex Prugh in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California.

Prugh shot a 69, while Van Pelt closed the final round with a 71.

Mediate now has won six times on the Tour.

Mediate, won for the first time on the PGA Tour since 2002, finishing with a 2-over-par 73 for a 15-under 269 total. He had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole Thursday, holed out from 160 yards during Friday’s second round on the par-4 fourth and on Saturday during the third round, he holed out from 111 yards on the par-5 15th. You rarely see one eagle in a tournament; but four is unprobable.

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Mediate leads Frys.com tournament in California

Rocco Mediate shot a hole-in-one and had a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Frys.com Open in San Martin, California.

Rocco Mediate (PGA Tour)

Paul Gaydos, Bo Van Pelt and Ryuji Imada each shot 65, and John Mallinger, Micheal Letzig and Will MacKenzie are two strokes back in the tournament, which is the third of five Fall Series events.

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