Wyndham Championship Recap: Herman Brings It Home

Wyndham Championship Recap: Herman Brings It Home

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

Jim Herman's win at the Wyndham Championship wasn't the most out-of-nowhere win in PGA Tour history, not even close, but it nonetheless was still a mind-boggling stunner. Wait until you read the numbers.

First let's say that at age 42, this was Herman's third win on Tour, and they all came in the past five years. So Herman is far from a total scrub. That resume would be a dream for maybe 95 percent of the golfers on Tour. But until Herman edged Billy Horschel by a stroke at Sedgefield Country Club on Sunday, he had not had so much as a top-25 in 13 months – since his last win, at the alternate-field 2019 Barbasol Championship. Before that event, you have to go back another 13 months for his previous top-25 – no, he didn't win that time; it was a tie for 19th at the 2017 Memorial.

So, to review: two top-25s in 26 months, both wins.

Herman was ranked 318th in the world rankings coming in. He had 45 OWGR "counting events" going back to 2018 that formulated his ranking. Of those 45, he missed the cut in 30 of them – THIRTY – and some of those were Korn Ferry Tour events. He's now ranked 91st in the world.

Wait, there's more …

Herman entered the week 192nd in the FedExCup Standings. In the prior 13 years since the Tour playoffs started, no player had come from so far back to get into the

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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