Jim Herman earned his first PGA tour victory at the Shell Houston Open Sunday, and he thanked an unlikely source for helping him make it on tour: Donald Trump.
Following his final round 68, Herman explained how after failing to qualify for the tour, he went to go work as the head pro at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“I worked in New Jersey for two years, worked at Trump National,” Herman explained. He “met some really nice people, played a lot of golf and played with Mr. Trump.”
“He gave me a lot of confidence, you know. He’s seen a lot of players in Pro-Ams. Gave me a little shot in the arm. I was able to finally get through.”
Trump even weighed in on the relationship during a Sunday rally in Wisconsin.
“Jim Herman, great guy, and had no money, but he had a lot of talent,” he told the gathered crowd. “I played a round of golf with him. After about five holes, I said, ‘You should be on tour’… I said, ‘Look, here’s some money, go on tour.’ His wife thanked me, everybody thanked me. And he went on tour.”