Had the circumstances of Oct. 17-20 happened four seasons ago when he left the amateur ranks, Jimmy Hervol would likely have thought this pro golf business was simple stuff.
After all, posting rounds of 66-67-64-64 for 23-under 261 was good enough to breeze to a four-stroke victory at The Falls Club in Lake Worth, Fla.
But fortunately the young man from Hopkinton, Mass., has ridden the ups and downs of pro golf for four seasons now. He has perspective, so what he did last month in the first stage of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying Tournament is already filed into the memory banks.
It doesn’t matter. What matters is his second-stage challenge.
Don’t get Hervol wrong. “Anytime you go to Q School and don’t have to hover around the number all week, it feels great,” he said. But getting past the second stage (Nov. 28 to Dec. 1) is now his focus.