Jim Herman said he felt like he was “dreaming” after breaking his PGA Tour duck on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open.
The 38-year-old headed into the final round with a share of the lead and after remaining in contention throughout the day, made the decisive move on the 16th when he chipped in for birdie.
Two solid pars on the 17th and the 18th saw him sign for a 68, finishing on 15-under, a stroke clear of Henrik Stenson.
Dustin Johnson claimed third on 13-under, with Rafa Cabrera-Bello taking fourth ahead of Daniel Berger and Russell Henley who tied for fifth.
The day belonged to Herman though and to add to his joy, his maiden victory in his 106th start on the PGA Tour also earns him a first appearance in this week’s Masters at Augusta.
Speaking after his victory, the Ohio-native struggled to contain his emotions at the Golf Club of Houston and admitted the triumph was the result of years of hard work.
“It feels like I’m a dreaming and I don’t know when it’s all going to sink in,” Herman told Sky Sports. “There are a lot of tears right now as I’ve put in a lot of hard work, so I’m pretty pleased.”