CINCINNATI- Former University of Cincinnati men’s golfer Jim Herman earned his 2011 PGA TOUR card this past weekend at the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C. The Top 25 members of the Nationwide Tour were awarded their card based on their season-ending finish on the money list.
Herman, a Cincinnati native, played for the Bearcats from 1996-2000, before turning pro in 2000. He placed tied for 7th at the Tour Championship, finishing the season 19th on the money list. Herman will play on the PGA TOUR for the first time in his career, having made his lone PGA TOUR start in the 2010 U.S. Open, where he tied for 47th.
Herman won his first Nationwide Tour title in a playoff over Chris Kirk at the Moonah Classic on Australia's Mornington Peninsula on Feb. 7, 2010, where he sealed the win with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death. His previous best finishes on the Nationwide Tour were also in events played outside of the U.S., a third in last year's Michael Hill New Zealand Open and a tie for fourth in the Panama Digicel Championship.
Based on final positions on the money list, the leading money winner is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2011 and earns a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship. The other Top 25 money winners are exempt on the PGA TOUR in 2011, those who finish 26-60 are fully exempt on the Nationwide Tour in 2011, and players who finish 26-40 are exempt into the Finals of the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament.