It's Not Like Brain Surgery
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/5/14

Kentucky native and resident John Bradley Holmes is best-known in golf as J.B. Holmes. After turning professional in 2005, he was the medalist at the PGA Tour's 2005 Q-School. Up until Sunday, his two wins came at the FBR Open, f.k.a. the Phoenix Open.

The fact that Holmes is still playing golf is rather remarkable, considering he underwent brain surgery on September 1, 2011, to correct a Chiari malformation that was pushing part of his brain into his spinal canal. When doctors discovered that Holmes was allergic to the adhesive used in that procedure, Holmes had to undergo a second round of brain surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

Then, last March, he suffered a cracked ankle in a roller-blading accident — an injury Holmes now says was "a blessing in disguise."

With his win on Sunday, Holmes is now in the field for the Players Championship on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass — as well as the 2015 Masters Tournament. After his victory, he told reporters that he was excited to be in the Players' field:
"I really like that tournament, I like the golf course, so it's nice. I get to go home for a day and I can drive up; it's not too far from the house. It's a good week. I enjoy going there and the TOUR does a great job.

"It's a great golf course, just... a little different than this last three holes but exciting finishing holes there, too."
Holmes edged 2006 winner Jim Furyk by one stroke at 18. "I know he was probably dying a million deaths out there but he sucked it up and made a good two-putt. (He) made that last putt with authority and knocked it right in the middle," said Furyk, who didn't sound quite so disappointed to lose to a two-time brain surgery patient getting a comeback victory. To his credit, Furyk shot 65 (Sunday's lowest round) and played the final 32 holes without a bogey.

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
Let's hope he makes the Ryder Cup team, because he's fun to watch.
bkuehn1952 says:
I am certainly no stat guy for the PGA tour but I looked up his 2 previous wins and they were both the FBR Open (aka Phoenix Open). I was watching the last few holes and the announcers mentioned he wins and did not mention the Sony Open.
falcon50driver says:
There's a reason he wants to be called J.B. Holmes, instead of John Holmes.
Torleif Sorenson says:
bkuehn1952: Since corrected. Thanks for the call-out.
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