Jim Herman will be going places he has never been in January. By winning the Shell Houston Open, he gets to start his year at Kapalua for the Tournament of Champions. And after the Sony Open, he is planning a trip to Washington to see one of his biggest supporters.
"I think I'm going to go to the inauguration," Herman said.
Herman gave up on the mini-tours and was working as an assistant pro when he landed a job at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey. Once he was told that he would be playing with the boss - Donald Trump - Herman made a quick impression. Trump told him he was good enough to play the tour, and he helped financially back Herman, who eventually made it to the big leagues, and last year won his first PGA Tour event.
Trump came to watch him in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2015, not long after he announced his candidacy.
And now he's the president-elect.
Herman said he hasn't had a chance to talk to Trump yet. Trump will be at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida for Thanksgiving.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to see him there, get a round in," Herman said. "But his schedule is going to be pretty busy. I hope to get a word in with him and congratulate him. It's a pretty amazing run for him."