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Herman leads by 1

Jim Herman (Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP)
Jim Herman (Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP)

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Jim Herman rolled in two eagle putts in a 10-under par 62 on Saturday to maintain a one-shot lead heading into the final round of the US PGA Tour Barbasol Championship in Kentucky.

Herman, a former assistant pro at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, said this week that advice from US President Donald Trump during a round this month had spurred him to make putting changes that were paying off this week.

Jim Herman (Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP)
Jim Herman (Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP)

And he said the president called him to offer encouragement heading into the weekend of the tournament played opposite the British Open at Portrush.

‘‘Pretty interesting getting a phone call from the president,’’ said Herman, whose 24-under par total of 192 put him one stroke in front of Kelly Kraft.

Austin Cook fired a 63 to share third place on 196 with Bill Haas, who carded a 65 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Herman, seeking a second PGA Tour title to go with the Houston Open trophy he claimed in 2016, rolled in an eagle putt of 11 feet at the eighth and drained a 10-footer for eagle at 15.

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Written by Tempo Online

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