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J.B. Holmes

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/26/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 190

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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). Dec 1 - 4:20 PM

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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).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Nov 30 - 12:43 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.
Oct 1 - 7:10 PM

J.B. Holmes turns his attention toward Hazeltine National Golf Club in preparation of the 41st Ryder Cup.

The Kentucky native will be playing in his second Ryder Cup, but won't have home state advantage on his side this time, playing at Hazeltine instead of Valhalla Golf Club this time around. During that 2008 Ryder Cup appearance, the bomber went 2-0-1 including a victory in Sunday singles against Soren Hansen. Holmes was one of four captain's picks from Davis Love III this year, and what he brings to the table is a winning pedigree. Playing in the Palmer Cup, Walker Cup, Presidents Cup, and Ryder Cup, his teams are a combined 4-0.
Sep 26 - 4:13 PM

Ryder Cup hopeful J.B. Holmes backed up with a 2-over-par 38-36=74 in the final round of the BMW Championship to post 12-under 276, down one place into a five-way T4, a distant 11 in arrears to overnight leader and champion Dustin Johnson.

After opening laps of 69-65-68, the 34-year-old began the final frame in solo third on 14-under, four shy of Johnson. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he struggled to three birdies outbalanced by three bogeys and a double bogey-6 at the 14th that completed his scoring. The Kentucky native mustered just 12 greens in regulation and a disappointing 2.000 putts per GIR but did enough previously to record his sixth top 10 of the season in 21 starts and fourth top-5 finish. Most importantly perhaps, as he attempts to gain a Captain's Pick from skipper Davis Love III, he bumps 14 spots from 42nd in the FedExCup standings to 28th, earning a second straight trip to the TOUR Championship. For the week, Holmes carded one eagle and 19 birdies against seven bogeys and a double.
Sep 11 - 7:58 PM

J.B. Holmes authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the BMW Championship to reach 14-under 202, up one place to solo third, four shy of 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 34-year-old began the third frame in a two-way T4 on 10-under, four back of 36-hole co-leaders Johnson and Roberto Castro. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he squared a lone bogey-4 at the third, missing a 43-inch par-saver, but overshadowed it with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5, 10 and 11. The Kentucky native finished somewhat disappointingly with seven straight pars, missing birdie tries from inside of 12 feet at 15, 16 and 18. He circled his five birdies on 12 greens in regulation for 1.583 putts per GIR but settled for 0.349 in SG: Putting.
Sep 10 - 8:57 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, J.B. Holmes orchestrated a season-low 7-under-par 35-30=65 in the second round of the BMW Championship to reach halftime on 10-under 134, up 12 places to T4, seven adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Roberto Castro and Dustin Johnson.

The 34-year-old completed three holes leftover from his first round and then raced out to a 6-under 30 in R2 with birdies on Nos. 12 (from 19'6"), 15, 16 and 18 (19'3"), kicking off his scoring with an 8'3" eagle at the par-5 11th. After the break, he connected three straight circles with birdies on 1 and 2 (18, 1 and 2), but stalled out from there, outpacing birdie-4 at five with bogeys at 3 and 9, both on failed scrambles. Holmes lost 1.236 strokes around-the-green but gained 2.376 strokes with the flat stick. His 65 is a season low in 68 rounds, eclipsing 66 two times, most recently in R2 at the Northern Trust Open back in February.
Sep 9 - 6:45 PM

Ryder Cup hopeful J.B. Holmes swallowed just one bogey en route to a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in round one of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The bomber has a few more weeks to impress Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and did a good job of that today. Holmes pelted 16 greens to keep things relatively stress-free with the flat stick. The putter didn't stay completely quiet, though, as he dropped in three birdie putts from 15-to-25 feet. Holmes has finished inside the top 30 just one time in seven visits to TPC Boston, but he's off and running this week as he tries to lay out a case to receive a Ryder Cup captain's pick.
Sep 2 - 6:53 PM

J.B. Holmes settled for a 1-over-par 38-34=72 during round two of The Barclays, maintaining a position inside the top 15 on the live leaderboard at 3-under 139.

Holmes struggled off the tee today, finding just six fairways which led to a decline in GIR, as well. After landing 15 greens on day one, he found three fewer today. The ball-striking bled into his performance on the greens, as he missed a pair of putts from 5'1" and shorter. Holmes did a good job to still manage four birdies, but overall this was a letdown round. Despite the setback, the 34-year-old will enter the weekend inside the top 15 with the Ryder Cup standings surely on his mind.
Aug 26 - 12:40 PM

J.B. Holmes pieced together a 4-under-par 33-34=67 during his opening round of The Barclays, placing him one shot off the co-leaders Patrick Reed and Martin Laird.

The 34-year-old took care of the difficult nine first, trading three birdies and two bogeys to make the turn at 1-under 34. From there, he rolled in birdies from 3'1", 8'9", and 10'10" at the par-4 second, par-4 sixth, and par-5 seventh holes, respectively. It was a balanced effort for the bomber who gained 2.99 strokes tee-to-green but also picked up 2.11 strokes putting. Holmes went off in the more difficult afternoon conditions, and he is the leader in the clubhouse for his wave.
Aug 25 - 5:23 PM

J.B. Holmes twirled a 2-under-par 33-36=69 in the final round of The 145th Open Championship to wrap his eighth appearance on 6-under 278, up two places to solo third, a distant 14 strokes behind Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson.

The 34-year-old had cashed in two prior Opens, and easily supplants his previous best of T14 in 2010 (St. Andrews). It's also a career best in a major, eclipsing T4 at this year's Masters, and just his second top 10 in his 25th overall major appearance. Incredibly, the Kentucky native finished 11 shots back of runner-up Phil Mickelson, the largest-ever separation between second and third-place in major history. He joins the top-2 finishers as the only players who posted four sub-par rounds (70-70-69-69). Holmes began the finale in solo fifth on 4-under, eight back of Stenson. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he had just one blemish, a double bogey-6 at the 15th, but outpaced it with birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 7 and a bounce-back on 16. Holmes took advantage of playing partner Stricker's double bogey-5 on the 71st hole to slip by him on the leaderboard. It's his fifth top 10 of the season (15 starts).
Jul 17 - 2:23 PM

J.B. Holmes experienced mixed fortunes during the third round of the 145th Open Championship but still signed for a 2-under-par 32-37=69, up 10 places on the live leaderboard to T5.

The 34-year-old is making his eighth Open appearance and has cashed but twice prior, a T14 in 2010 at St. Andrews and a 69th in 2009 at Turnberry. He has a pair of T4-finishes this season in 14 events, at the Memorial and at the Masters. The Kentucky native began the third frame on 2-under (T15) after opening in twin 70s. As is the case with Royal Troon strategy, he executed flawlessly on his first half, going out in bogey-free 4-under with birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 9, but came home in birdie-less 2-over, squaring the 14th and 15th. Holmes landed just nine greens in regulation but required only 25 swipes with the flat stick, posting a three-day tally of 4-under 209.
Jul 16 - 1:19 PM

J.B. Holmes pieced together a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in the weather-delayed final round of the Memorial to post 13-under 275, up 11 spots on the live leaderboard to T5, and matching Rory McIlroy's 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Holmes finished in a four-way T4.

The 34-year-old was making his ninth appearance with a previous best of T13 in 2012. His season best on 11 prior starts is T4 at the Masters, so he's right on that with play winding down. After opening with progressively better rounds of 71-68-67, Holmes began the finale on 10-under (T16), four adrift of a trio of 54-hole leaders. He squared three bogeys, including two bogey-6s, but the most costly came on the 71st hole, his first hole following a weather delay of 1 hour and 27 minutes. Before the delay, Holmes had circled six birdies, including four straight on Nos. 6-9. Each of those four traveled more than 10 feet with a long of 30'9" at the par-5 seventh. It's his eighth top 25 of the season in 12 starts and fourth top 10. It's also the first time this season connecting four straight red numbers.
Jun 5 - 4:24 PM

J.B. Holmes readies for his ninth appearance in the Memorial Tournament and ranks 53rd in the FedExCup standings.

The 34-year-old has just six sub-par rounds at Muirfield Village in 26 career laps. Upon last visit in 2014, he opened with one of them, 67, but chased with 75-81-76 for T75 (tied last). Holmes' career scoring average on the par 72 is 73.46 though he has connected four straight paydays with a best of T13 in 2012 (72-75-74-67). He's an impressive 10-for-11 on the season with seven top 25s and his season-best T4 at the Masters was also a career-best finish in a major. The University of Kentucky product missed the cut by one at THE PLAYERS (70-73) in his most recent action.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 1 - 3:07 PM

J.B. Holmes fashioned a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open for a four-day tally of 7-under 281, up 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T10. UPDATE: With play completed, Holmes finished T13.

Two days shy of his 34th birthday (Apr. 26th), Holmes completed his fifth Valero with a five-birdie one-bogey offering. His best is T11 in 2011 so he's on track to eclipse that. The 33-year-old, entering off a season-best and career-best finish in a major championship (T4, Masters), began Sunday's play on 3-under T29 (72-70-71). He split 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and at last check, gained 4.603 strokes tee-to-green -- third for the week in that category at 9.668. He lost 2.336 strokes on the greens however, currently 66th-ranked, including -0.775 in R4, missing four birdie tries from inside of 12 feet and also missing a par putt from 45 inches.
Apr 24 - 4:44 PM