It has been a long road back for J.B. Holmes.
The Kentuckian finished off the 3rd win of his PGA Tour career at the Wells Fargo Championship, but the story for Holmes revolved more around his journey, than his destination. After 3 years of brain surgeries, a fractured ankle and an elbow reconstruction, Holmes is finally back at full-strength and competing the way golf fans recognize of Holmes– a former American Ryder Cupper.
Coming out of college at the University of Kentucky, Holmes was slated to be a force on the PGA Tour. He’d played varsity golf in his hometown since the 3rd grade and by the time he’d finished his career for the Wildcats, was one of the nation’s top amateurs. He even led the American Walker Cup team to victory before turning pro in 2005. Once he turned pro, he won the PGA Tour Qualifying School. After that, as a rookie on Tour, he won the FBR Open.
Success in the game has always come natural for the Holmes. One of the Tour’s biggest hitters, Holmes had a game which could render golf courses to its knees. With a technically sound putting stroke and a decisive strike with his irons, Holmes was a scary player when he was hot. But scary took on a new definition in regards to Holmes once a condition in his brain was discovered after perpetual dizziness. Holmes had Chiari malformations, a structural defects in the cerebellum that caused vertigo.
Often times, when players need to undergo the types of surgeries and injuries suffered by J.B. Holmes, they never return to form. As for Holmes, he’s made a full recovery.
And he’s back to winning golf tournaments on the PGA Tour again.