Jim Herman rides Trump’s putting advice to PGA Tour victory in Kentucky

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Jim Herman rides Trump’s putting advice to PGA Tour victory in Kentucky

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Jim Herman rides Trump’s putting advice to PGA Tour victory in Kentucky

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky.  — Jim Herman rode President Donald Trump’s putting advice to victory Sunday in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.

Taking advantage of playing partner Kelly Kraft’s two late bogeys, Herman finished with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory at Keene Trace. A shot ahead with three to play, Kraft bogeyed the par-3 16th and par-4 17th in a closing 70.

Trump’s regular golf partner while working as an assistant professional at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, Herman changed to a conventional putting grip and clubhead at the president’s suggestion following a recent round. The putter cooled off a bit Sunday after Herman opened with rounds of 65, 65 and 62, but he did just enough to edge Kraft — who shot 61 on Saturday — for his second PGA Tour title.

SCORES: Barbasol Championship

Encouraged by Trump to pursue a playing career, the 41-year-old Herman won the 2016 Shell Houston Open for his lone tour title — a victory that also followed a friendly round with Trump.

“I think I need to see him again soon,” Herman said on the 18th green after a winning tap-in par. “He motivates me and puts me in a good spot.”

Herman received a spot in the PGA Championship, but not in the Masters.

Sepp Straka was third at 23-under after a 66.

Matt Jones (63) and Austin Cook (70) followed at 22 under. Cook had a tour-record five birdies in the event.

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