Barbasol Championship R2

Jim Herman takes lead in Kentucky

July 18-21
Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky
$3,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Jim Herman took the Barbasol Championship lead – with some help from President Donald Trump.


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.

”He gave me a good talking to and told me to use a different style if it’s not working,” Herman said. ”So, that was a couple weeks ago and I finally put it into play.”

It has worked well at rain-softened Keene Trace, with Herman shooting his second straight 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour event. Encouraged years ago by Trump to pursue a playing career, Herman is in position for his second PGA Tour victory.

”Some great advice, so I appreciate it,” Herman said. ”Seems like I played pretty well after I played with him. I played with him the week before I won Houston, so maybe that’s a sign to come, hopefully.”


Herman had a one-stroke lead over Bill Haas.

”Everything seems to be working this week,” Herman said. ”Nice change up. I haven’t been playing very well or had the best results lately. Just some good play. … Hitting a lot of greens and making some putts and that’s always a good combination.”

Haas followed his opening 65 with a 66. He made a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth, his 17th hole.

”The eagle was nice,” Haas said. ”That drive I won’t say is uncomfortable for me, but I just fear left a lot. I feel like I could hit it left, so I tend to miss those tee shots right. I hit a nice tee shot down the fairway and I just told myself to be aggressive with a nice drawing iron in there. Aggressive was still 30 feet right. So, 30 footer up over a slope, I just would have been happy with a two putt there. Just fortunate to make a long one.”

David Toms was two strokes back at 12 under after a 64. The 52-year-old Toms made a 13-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth, his 14th hole of the day. D.J. Trahan, Kelly Kraft and Kramer Hickok also were 12 under, each shooting 67.

”Just really solid,” Toms said. ”Probably the key to today is I had a couple pitch-ins from off the green in tough situations on a couple of the par 3s, so to hole those kind of kept my round going. But other than that, I hit a lot of shots in the fairway, I had a lot of birdie chances.”

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Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (65), Austin Cook (66), Sebastian Munoz (68) and Wes Roach (69) were 11 under.

Tom Lovelady played the first six holes on the back nine in 7 under, capped by a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th. He bogeyed the par-3 16th and parred the last two for a 65 to top the group at 10 under.

J.T. Poston, the first-round leader after a 62, had a 73 to drop into a tie for 18th at 9 under. Canadian Nick Taylor, a stroke behind Poston after an opening 63, also was 9 under after a 72.

John Daly missed the cut with rounds of 71 and 72. Fighting osteoarthritis in his right knee, the 53-year-old Daly was playing his first PGA Tour event since he was approved for a cart last fall. Denied a cart by the R&A for the British Open, he has been approved for a cart at PGA Tour events until the end of the year.

The winner will receive a spot in the PGA Championship, but not in the Masters.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
1
Jim Herman
USA
-14
65
65
130
2
Bill Haas
USA
-13
65
66
131
T3
D. J. Trahan
USA
-12
65
67
132
T3
Kelly Kraft
USA
-12
65
67
132
T3
David Toms
USA
-12
68
64
132
T3
Kramer Hickok
USA
-12
65
67
132
T7
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-11
65
68
133
T7
Austin Cook
USA
-11
67
66
133
T7
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
-11
68
65
133
T7
Wes Roach
USA
-11
64
69
133
T11
Roberto Castro
USA
-10
65
69
134
T11
Charlie Beljan
USA
-10
68
66
134
T11
Chase Wright
USA
-10
67
67
134
T11
Hank Lebioda
USA
-10
70
64
134
T11
Cody Gribble
USA
-10
68
66
134
T11
Martin Laird
SCO
-10
68
66
134
T11
Tom Lovelady
USA
-10
69
65
134
T18
Billy Hurley III
USA
-9
68
67
135
T18
Josh Teater
USA
-9
65
70
135
T18
Robert Garrigus
USA
-9
70
65
135
T18
Zack Sucher
USA
-9
70
65
135
T18
Case Cochran
USA
-9
71
64
135
T18
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-9
67
68
135
T18
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-9
67
68
135
T18
J. T. Poston
USA
-9
62
73
135
T18
Nick Taylor
CAN
-9
63
72
135
T27
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-8
70
66
136
T27
Adam Schenk
USA
-8
70
66
136
T27
Will MacKenzie
USA
-8
67
69
136
T27
Cameron Davis
AUS
-8
67
69
136
T27
Tom Hoge
USA
-8
67
69
136
T27
Richy Werenski
USA
-8
69
67
136
T27
Brice Garnett
USA
-8
69
67
136
T27
Denny McCarthy
USA
-8
67
69
136
T27
Matt Jones
AUS
-8
66
70
136
T27
John Merrick
USA
-8
69
67
136
T27
Ricky Barnes
USA
-8
66
70
136
T27
Sepp Straka
AUT
-8
68
68
136
T27
Anders Albertson
USA
-8
66
70
136
T40
Jason Dufner
USA
-7
67
70
137
T40
Alex Prugh
USA
-7
68
69
137
T40
Scott Langley
USA
-7
69
68
137
T40
Ryan Armour
USA
-7
70
67
137
T44
Seamus Power
IRL
-6
69
69
138
T44
Harris English
USA
-6
72
66
138
T44
George McNeill
USA
-6
71
67
138
T44
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-6
70
68
138
T44
Chip McDaniel
USA
-6
71
67
138
T44
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
70
68
138
T44
Ryan Blaum
USA
-6
68
70
138
T44
Peter Uihlein
USA
-6
69
69
138
T44
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
69
69
138
T44
David Hearn
CAN
-6
69
69
138
T44
Kyle Jones
USA
-6
67
71
138
T44
Stephen Stallings Jr.
USA
-6
70
68
138
T44
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-6
68
70
138
T57
Chris Couch
USA
-5
70
69
139
T57
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-5
71
68
139
T57
Rod Pampling
AUS
-5
68
71
139
T57
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-5
67
72
139
T57
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-5
73
66
139
T57
Shawn Stefani
USA
-5
69
70
139
T57
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-5
69
70
139
T57
Julian Etulain
ARG
-5
69
70
139
T57
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-5
69
70
139
T57
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-5
71
68
139
T57
John Chin
USA
-5
73
66
139
T68
Johnson Wagner
USA
-4
69
71
140
T68
Arjun Atwal
IND
-4
71
69
140
T68
Hunter Mahan
USA
-4
70
70
140
T68
Heath Slocum
USA
-4
71
69
140
T68
Cullan Brown
USA
-4
72
68
140
T68
Boo Weekley
USA
-4
68
72
140
T68
Brandon Harkins
USA
-4
68
72
140
T68
Charlie Wi
KOR
-4
71
69
140
T68
Sam Saunders
USA
-4
70
70
140
T68
Daniel Chopra
SWE
-4
67
73
140
T68
Tommy Gainey
USA
-4
72
68
140
T68
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
70
70
140
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
-3
72
69
141
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
-3
71
70
141
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
70
71
141
CUT
Lukas Euler
GER
-3
74
67
141
CUT
Troy Matteson
USA
-3
68
73
141
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
71
70
141
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
-2
72
70
142
CUT
Chad Collins
USA
-2
68
74
142
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
-2
71
71
142
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
75
67
142
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-2
79
63
142
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
John Rollins
USA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
-2
70
72
142
CUT
Callum Bruce
SCO
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Chris Wilson
USA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Derek Ernst
USA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Grover Justice
USA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Jason Bohn
USA
-1
74
69
143
CUT
John Daly
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Jonathan Kaye
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Mark Wilson
USA
-1
71
72
143
CUT
Parker McLachlin
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-1
70
73
143
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
-1
74
69
143
CUT
Steve Flesch
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
73
70
143
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Hunter Richardson
USA
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Mike Weir
CAN
Par
76
68
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
Par
76
68
144
CUT
Will Claxton
USA
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Yong-Eun Yang
KOR
Par
75
69
144
CUT
Berry Henson
USA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
1
72
73
145
CUT
Marcus Montenegro
ARG
1
72
73
145
CUT
Steve Allan
AUS
1
73
72
145
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
2
70
76
146
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
2
74
72
146
CUT
Cooper Musselman
USA
2
73
73
146
CUT
Trey Mullinax
USA
2
69
77
146
CUT
Eric Axley
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jay McLuen
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Omar Uresti
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
4
72
76
148
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Hunter Stewart
USA
5
76
73
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
5
74
75
149
CUT
Robert Allenby
AUS
6
76
74
150
CUT
Brian Davis
ENG
8
76
76
152
RET
Brady Schnell
USA
Par
75
75
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