The highlight of the day? Herron’s eagle on the par-5 11th.
Herron hit a perfect 324-yard drive down the middle of the fairway and then ripped a 292-yard 3-wood that settled in 7 feet, 5 inches from the hole.
"I ran it up kind of, hit a low burner [3-wood]," Herron said. "I knew I couldn’t fly it there, so I was trying to get it up in front and probably got a good kick off the down slope and got it there."
Asked the last time he hit a 290-yard 3-wood, Herron smiled and said: "I don’t know. When it gets firm and fast ..."
Herron is the only player to eagle the par-5 11th through three rounds of the tournament. He was disappointed to give a couple shots back to the field when he three-putted Nos. 13 and 14.
Still, Herron is having an impressive tournament for a player who last won on the PGA Tour in 2006 (at Colonial).
"It’s great," said Herron, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour. "Your juices start flowing a little bit again."
Herron plays in only a handful events and is eyeing the Champions Tour when he’s eligible to join at age 50.
"Just trying to stay really competitive," Herron said. "Hopefully get a chance to get on the Champions Tour and do well."
Finally, for what it’s worth, he shared a refresher on how he got the nickname "Lumpy."
"It was the head pro that I used to work for," Herron said. "I picked the range and he goes, 'Do you have a nickname?' I said, 'No.' Then I went down and picked the range and he said, 'Hey, Lumpy. Do you like your nickname?' I said, 'No, but it stuck.'
"That was kind of it."