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J.B. Holmes

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 190

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J.B. Holmes smoothed a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round two of the U.S. Open Championship, entering the top 5 with a two-day tally of 6-under 138.
The big-hitting Kentuckian took advantage of Erin Hill's wide fairways, finding 12 (of 14) while averaging 335.4 yards. That included 12 drives over 300 yards, five of them over 340 yards. It was high-quality iron and wedge play from there and he stood over five birdie looks from inside 10 feet today, converting four of them. Finding pre-cut success in majors is nothing new for Holmes who led the 2008 PGA Championship at the midpoint and also positioned himself T3 at the 2010 PGA Championship, going on to finish T29 and T24 respectively. Jun 16 - 8:28 PM

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The big-hitting J.B. Holmes fashioned a 3-under-par 32-37=69 during the opening round of the U.S. Open Championship, staking out a spot four strokes off the torrid pace set by Rickie Fowler.

Holmes raced out to a 4-under start before making the turn, highlighted by a 51'7" birdie bomb at the par-3 ninth. The ball was hanging on the collar at the bottom of the bowled green, needing a big swipe just to get up the hill. Holmes would swallow bogeys at 10, 12, and 13 before rallying late with birdies at 16 and 18. The birdie at 16 was another long-distance putt, this time from 26'2". Holmes should continue to use his distance to take advantage of the lengthy Erin Hills layout. The wildcard will be whether he can avoid the big numbers, with tall fescue swallowing many errant tee shots on day one.
Jun 15 - 6:36 PM

J.B. Holmes blitzed the back nine at TPC Southwind during round two of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, escaping with a 6-under-par 34-30=64, reaching 2-under 138 to climb above the cut line and earn a weekend tee time.

Holmes opened the week with a 4-over 74 and traded two birdies with one bogey over his first 12 holes today. At that point he was staring a missed cut straight in the eye. From there, he rattled off four straight birdies and then walked off with a final birdie at the closing par-4 18th. The back-nine rally was kicked off with a 60'8" hole out and the streak also included a 26'1" birdie bomb. Holmes arrived with two straight missed cuts so this late rally was crucial for his confidence heading into Erin Hills next week. At the moment this matches the low round of the day (Adam Scott) and also the tournament.
Jun 9 - 6:41 PM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 44 J.B. Holmes cratered to a 12-over-par 40-44=84 in the final round of THE PLAYERS, dropping 40 spots to T41 on 3-over 291, a distant 13 in arrears of champion Si Woo Kim, who shot bogey-free 69 out of the penultimate twosome.

This was the 35-year-old's 36th lap at TPC Sawgrass and his worst showing by six strokes. It also tied the worst score of the tournament with two others, and tied a career worst in his 845th career round, withdrawing from the 2006 Wachovia Championship after a first-round 84. After opening in 68-69-70, the Orlando resident co-led with Kyle Stanley, his seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead and drops to 3-for-7. He mustered eight (of 14) fairways and seven greens in regulation, posting -7.939 SG: Tee-to-Green and -2.455 SG: Putting. Holmes scribbled down just four pars, circling four birdies against seven bogeys, two doubles, and quintuple bogey-8 at the 17th.
May 14 - 9:15 PM

World No. 44 J.B. Holmes authored a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the third round of THE PLAYERS to post 9-under 207, up two spots and good for a share of the 54-hole lead with overnight co-leader Kyle Stanley, who shot 72.

This is the 35-year-old's seventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead in his 258th career start. He was the 54-hole leader at the 2015 WGC-Cadillac (Doral), finishing solo 2nd, a 54-hole co-leader at the 2015 Farmers, finishing T2, and the 54-hole leader at the 2010 Valero, finishing T13. The Orlando resident was the 54-hole leader at the 2014 Wells Fargo and the 2006 & 2008 FBR Opens, winning all three of those. After opening in 68-69, he began in solo 3rd on 7-under, two short of Stanley and Louis Oosthuizen, and conjured five (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation. Holmes opened with 10 straight pars before circling 11 and 12. He squared a lone bogey-5 at 14 (watered tee ball), but got it back with birdie-2 at 17 from 5'2". The Kentucky native needed just 25 total putts and posted 1.700 putts per GIR and 4.275 SG: Putting, pacing the field in both of the latter stats.
May 13 - 7:47 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 44 J.B. Holmes signed for a 3-under-par 34-35=69 after the second round of THE PLAYERS to post 7-under 137, two back of 36-hole clubhouse leaders Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley.

The 35-year-old landed nine (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.500 putts per GIR and 2.524 SG: Putting. He was bogey-free 5-under thru 16 holes, circling holes 16, 1, 2, 4 and 6, but stumbled to a bogey-bogey finish, both on failed scrambles. The University of Kentucky product's split featured four from inside of 11 feet, adding a bomb from 47'6" a the par-4 sixth. He began the day in a four-way T3 and is currently in solo 3rd.
May 12 - 6:36 PM

J.B. Holmes coasted to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the opening round of THE PLAYERS, claiming the early title of clubhouse leader with play still in progress. UPDATE: McGirt would pass him shortly after with a 5-under 67 that included a pair of eagles.

Holmes put on a ball-striking clinic today, setting himself up with six birdie looks from inside 19 feet, before even making the turn. He would give himself three more on the homeward nine while also converting twice from downtown. The first was a 36'2" birdie bomb at the par-4 12th and later would hole out from 29'5" at the infamous par-3 17th. Notable blemishes came at the 4th where he rinsed his approach and the 13th where he missed from inside four feet. Holmes is making his 11th appearance at TPC Sawgrass, with four top 20s already on his resume. If he holds onto this lead by day's end it will be his sixth career lead/co-lead after 18 holes, and first since the 2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
May 11 - 1:10 PM

J.B. Holmes rallied late to pencil a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in round one of the Wells Fargo Championship, placing him one stroke off the early lead.

The big hitter was slow out of the gates today, giving himself just three birdie looks from inside 25 feet over the opening 11 holes. He converted one of those, a 25-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh. His approach play came around as he neared the clubhouse. Holmes gave himself seven straight birdie looks from inside 18 feet to end the round, splashing home the birdie putt on five of those chances, including a three-hole birdie train to end the round. Today's round was a great example of staying patient as it could have easily got away from him early when his long game was struggling. Holmes is now in good position heading into round two.
May 4 - 6:09 PM

In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, J.B. Holmes and Bubba Watson fashioned a bogey-free 8-under-par 34-30=64 to reach 19-under 269, up three places on the live leaderboard to T5.

After opening in 73 (alternate shot) and 64 (best ball) the Florida residents were one of 11 teams to make the cut on the number (T32). A 4-under 68 on Day 3 alternate shot vaulted them 24 spots to begin the final frame T8 on 11-under, eight adrift of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Each circled one birdie-4 at Nos. 2 and 7, while Watson's par 4s at 1 and 5 counted on the card with Holmes struggling to bogeys. Holmes rebounded with birdies at 10, 14 (chip-in from 33'10" away) and 18, while Watson circled 11, 12 and 16, the latter after stiffing his approach to the par 4 from 123 yards away to six inches.
Apr 30 - 8:41 PM

J.B. Holmes hoisted the hardware after the 2015 Shell Houston Open and returns this week for his first crack at the Golf Club of Houston since that win.

It wasn't love at first sight for Holmes and the GC of Houston (missed cut in 2007 debut) but it's been all gravy since. Over his last five visits the big hitter has collected four top 15s including a 2009 runner-up finish and a win in 2015. When returning for his title defense last year, he was forced to withdraw prior to the start of the event with a shoulder injury, somewhat precautionary as he wanted a full bill of health for the Masters. The way things shake out, both Holmes and Jim Herman will be playing this event for the first time since winning, co-defenders, if you will. As for current form, Holmes has started the season with top 35s in all six stroke-play starts but he's yet to collect a top 10. Given his strong course resume, this week presents a nice opportunity to pick up that first top 10 of the season.
Mar 29 - 8:32 AM

J.B. Holmes kept his foot on the gas in round two of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, firing a 3-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 5-under 137 after two days in Mexico City.

The big hitter tied to overpower Club de Golf Chapultepec by hitting eight drives of 300+ yards and the results were not too shabby. Despite finding just five (of 14) fariways, he still scribbled just two bogeys on the day. The perfect example of his aggressive play came right after the turn when he drove the green at the par-4 first hole and splashed in a 22'1" eagle putt for his efforts. Holmes is having great success bombing-and-gouging this tree-lined fairway and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to avoid the big numbers over the weekend.
Mar 3 - 5:18 PM

J.B. Holmes readies for his first start of 2017, turning his attention to Torrey Pines for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Holmes has been rather quiet to start the season. He posted a T35 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in the fall but nothing since. He's picked a good week to return as he boasts back-to-back top 10s at the Farmers, in addition to four other top 30s. His length is a definite advantage at the lengthy layout of Torrey Pines South. A little bit of rust cannot be ruled out, but Holmes still makes for a great high-upside option.
Jan 25 - 2:13 PM

J.B. Holmes set the pace with an 8-under-par 33-31=64 during the first round of the Hero World Challenge, ending the day with a one-shot cushion over the field.

Holmes finished T8 last year in his debut at Albany in The Bahamas, but an opening bogey at the par-4 first may have had gamers worried today. He bounced back with four birdies before making the turn, three of them coming on par 5s. The big-hitting Holmes took advantage of the quintet of par 5s that Albany has to offer, circling an eagle at the 11th and settling for a par at the 15th, playing the par 5s at 5-under on the day. Last year he played them at 9-under for the entire week. While the return of Tiger Woods (1-over 73) garnered the attention of most watching the action today, Holmes is the golfer rewarding DFS owners early on in the week. Nipping on his heels after day one is Hideki Matsuyama (-7) and Dustin Johnson (-6).
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 04:20:00 PM

After finishing T8 on debut last year, World No. 27 J.B. Holmes returns to Albany in The Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge and heads out in the first round with 2014 champ Zach Johnson.

Since the advent of the FedExCup Playoffs in 2007, the 34-year-old failed to advance to the TOUR Championship for eight straight years before qualifying in each of the past two years. Last season, he was the last man in at No. 30 in FEC points with 10 top 25s among 18 made cuts, six for top 10s and a season-best solo-3rd at The Open Championship. Four of Holmes' six top 10s doubled as top 5s, including a T4 at the no-cut BMW Championship. He ended last season with a 27th-place finish (of 29) at the TOUR Championship and went 1-2-0 at the Ryder Cup as a Captain's Pick. The Kentuckian's one start this season was a T35 five weeks ago at the no-cut WGC-HSBC (71-74-70-72).
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 12:43:00 PM

J.B. Holmes and Ryan Moore eked out a 1-up victory over Europeans Danny Willett and Lee Westwood during the Saturday four-ball session of the 41st Ryder Cup, giving the Americans a 8.5 to 6.5 advantage with one match remaining on day two.

Moore took a backseat role as Holmes circled seven birdies to fight off the Europeans throughout the round. Only four of Moore's scores were used on the round. The two pairings traded four birdies and two pars to remain all-square before Westwood's birdie at the par-4 seventh gave the Europeans a 1-up lead. Holmes' massive 345-yard drive set up an 120-yard approach shot at the par-4 ninth which resulted in a tap-in birdie to even the score. Westwood responded with a 25-footer at No. 10 to regain control. The Americans took both of the remaining par 3s to step on the 18th tee box at 1-up, their first lead of the match. It looked like the match was headed toward a push as Westwood stuck his approach to around two feet. That wasn't the case, though, as the Englishman continued his putting woes and whiffed on the short attempt. This wasn't a convincing victory for the U.S. side, but it still puts another point on the board for the Red, White, and Blue.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 07:10:00 PM