J.B. Holmes crushes the ball and the PGA Tour field
What a breath of fresh air! J.B. Holmes no doubt captured a legion of fans with his stunning knockout victory over the field at the FBR in Phoenix, AZ. If it was a fight, they would have stopped it on Sunday after the 15th hole. His progress from here will be an interesting story to follow. What we have here is a genuine, small-town, long-knockin’, country hero from Kentucky.
After an excellent - but not dominant - college career which culminated with J.B. playing in the Walker Cup, he turned pro, accepted an exemption into the Southern Farm Bureau Classic and promptly missed the cut. Then he girded his loins and headed off to the Tour Q-school. And made it through all three stages, including a first place finish in the six-round grinder to earn his Tour card.
What has developed since could not be scripted. A tenth place finish in his first event of the year in Hawaii. And now this, a victory where he demolished a very good field that included Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Chris DiMarco. And the way Holmes plays should make him a fan favorite for life. This kid hits it a million miles - straight – and he doesn’t back off when pressured. On top of all that he’s a real good guy. Did you happen to see him stop and give his Dad a hug on the walk to the 18th tee Sunday? It was a MasterCard moment … priceless.
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52.7% leaves him at 118th in driving accuacy so far.
His win was a great one, and a great achievement against some very good players, even if this event was obviously the Tier 2 event of that weekend.
Another thing, his driving average is 313.5 yards which is very impressive indeed, but a long way off Jackson's 350 yarders, which are few in number.
Tiger, Ernie and Retief are about the best in golf at the moment. Any event without those 3 is probably not top class. I agree that Phil and Vijay are great players, but at this part of the season, they are well behind the guys who were playing in Dubai. Well done to JB for an excellent win, but don't waste your money backing him for majors.
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