Jim Herman is a 42-year-old PGA Tour player who changes putting strokes the way most people change shoes and who, despite winning three times on the game’s biggest circuit, remains best known for having been an assistant pro at one of Donald Trump’s many golf courses.
Tyler Strafaci is a 22-year-old college kid who had intended to be a professional by now but thanks to the pandemic is enjoying his own version of the summer of love, having just added a gripping U.S. Amateur victory to the North & South and Palmetto amateur titles he’s already won since June.
Last weekend was just another reminder of how the game works in mysterious ways.
“Pretty amazing” is how Herman described his unlikely victory in Greensboro, North Carolina, one week after shooting the highest score in the final round of the PGA Championship and two days after needing three late birdies to make the Wyndham cut on the number.
“My dad said, 'Use this time to get better,' and I did,” said Strafaci, who has decided to return to Georgia Tech for one more...
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