Jim Herman claims opening Valspar lead with 9-under 62 at Innisbrook


Published 3:59 p.m. ET March 9, 2017 | Updated 10 hours ago

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Jim Herman was persuaded to play the Valspar Championship by an influential acquaintance, and he made it pay off Thursday with a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead.

No, it wasn’t President Donald Trump this time.

Herman wasn’t getting much out of his game — three missed cuts and a tie for 27th — when he played the Seminole Pro-Member the day after the Honda Classic. Jack Welch, the former chairman of General Electric, came along for nine holes and liked what he saw from Herman, who said he would have had a 65 that day.

“Had a really good day there, and got urged on from Jack Welch — he’s a member there — to play here,” Herman said. “I was looking at taking two weeks off, so I was kind of a late commit to this tournament. I guess I’m certainly glad I took his advice.”

Herman putted for birdie on all but two holes, and except for a 35-foot putt from the fringe on No. 10 (his opening…

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