What did Tim Herron’s opening-round 66 on the Palm Course do for him?
“It gives me some confidence,” said Herron, who at 169th on the money list needs a win to get inside the top 125 and isn’t getting ahead of himself with the more difficult Magnolia Course to come. “The Mag's a totally different animal. It depends on where they put the tees, and you know, it can play long.”
Still, Herron is in a good place both on the leaderboard and the space between his ears. He’s also not trying to put too much pressure on himself.
“You know what, I've had a lot of must weeks, and I don't put must on it anymore,” Herron said. “Of course you want to play well, but that just kind of happens. So I'm just trying to gain some confidence going into next year, and hopefully this can give me some confidence here at Disney.” -- Brian Wacker
It’s been a long time since Tim Herron has seen the top of the leaderboard but that’s where he is right now. Herron, who has just four top-25 finishes this season and is 169th on the money list, just made his third birdie in his last four holes to get to 7 under on the Palm Course.
Conditions are perfect for scoring -- the course is soft and there’s not much wind -- and Herron has taken advantage of that in what could end up being his best round of the year. So far, Herron has hit 13 of 14 greens and missed only three fairways. He’s also taken just 21 putts and is averaging just over 1.5 putts per green in regulation.
Herron finished last year outside the top 125 on the money list, but just the year before he had three top-10 finishes. He’ll obviously need better than that this week to avoid q-school. The last time Herron won on the PGA TOUR was in 2006 at the Bank of America Colonial. -- Brian Wacker
Tim Herron hasn’t had a top-25 yet this season, but he has the putter working here in the second round at St. George’s, where he’s 6 under on his round and 8 under for the week after birdies on four of his last five holes.
Herron has hit 10 of 13 greens so far but more importantly he’s been making plenty of putts -- he’s 11 of 12 from inside 10 feet. That’s a vast improvement from the way much of the rest of his season has gone -- Herron ranks 173rd on the PGA TOUR in putting average. -- Brian Wacker