Herman hits the ball from a bunker on the 18th
hole during the second round of the Barbasol
Championship golf tournament at Keene Trace Golf
Club in Nicholasville, Ky., Friday, July 19,
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. —
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
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.
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,
Herman had a one-stroke
lead over Bill Haas.
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.
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."
Jose de Jesus Rodríguez
(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