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The Tour Report

October 2 2011

7:44 PM

Herron into top 100, left with 'what ifs'

Tim Herron moved into the top 100 on the money list with his tie for 5th at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. But the week could have been so much more. After missing a 12-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 15th,Herron was still 19 under, one shot behind leader Kevin Na, when he teed off on the par-5 16th. After laying up from the left rough to have a 131-yard approach, Herron found the water short of the green on his third shot. The subsequent double bogey dashed his hopes of a return to the winner’s circle.
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“I don't know if I wasn't committed or something,” Herron said. “I don't know what happened. I actually had a good number. It was a nice firm wedge. I had 130. The wind was swirling, so maybe I just didn't do it.” Herron finished with pars on the final two holes and settled at 17 under, tied with David Hearn, Carl Pettersson, Jhonattan Vegas and Spencer Levin, six shots behind Kevin Na. Herron, who hit the same wedge on No. 18 over the green noted that if he could have swapped his approaches from Nos 16 and 18, that his round, and result, would have been much different. The four-time PGA TOUR winner hasn’t notched a victory since 2006 but has had a resurgence of sorts this year with three top-10 finishes now. He’s still anxiously looking forward to a chance at returning to the winner’s circle. “I wanted a chance to win,” he said. “I don't have many chances, so I'm disappointed with that. So anyways, go onto next week.” Herron is scheduled to tee it up at CordeValle Golf Club next week in the Frys.com Open.