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Herman earns SHO win, spot in Masters

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Jim Herman, who has bounced back and forth beteen the PGA and tours, earned his first PGA Tour win on Sunday, collecting a check, a trophy and - most significant - a berth in this week's Masters. Here's how things panned out at the Shell Houston Open.

Leaderboard: Jim Herman (-15), Henrik Stenson (-14), Dustin Johnson (-13), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-12)

What it means: Herman, 38, got his first PGA Tour win in his 106th start. He also has made 118 starts on various incarnations of the Tour with one win - the 2010 Moonah Classic. The Masters will be only his fourth start in a major; he has played in three U.S. Opens.

Round of the day: Although four players shot lower numbers, we have to give the nod to Herman's 4-under 68. He started Sunday as the 54-hole co-leader with Jamie Lovemark. After sharing the lead down the stretch with Stenson, Herman took the lead by himself on the par-3 16th when he chipped in from the rough surrounding the left-hand bunker. He made a knee-knocking 3-foot par save on 17, then rifled a 316-yard drive down the middle of the 18th fairway, hit the middle of the 18th green and easily two-putted for the win.

Best of the rest: Cabrera Bello had the day's low round, a bogey-free, 7-under 65. He made four birdies on the front nine, then added an eagle (on the drivable par-4 12th) and another birdie coming in.

Biggest disappointment: As previously noted, Lovemark shared the 54-hole lead. But he was no factor on Sunday, closing with a 76. Lovemark bogeyed the second and third holes, doubled the sixth and never recovered.

Shot of the day: At first it appeared that Herman's tee shot on the 198-yard 16th hole had found the left-hand bunker, but the ball stopped in the rough beside the sand. With an uphill lie, he chipped in for birdie and sole possession of the lead.

Quote of the day: "Sorry for the tears, but I'm pretty happy." - Jim Herman