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Template:Other persons Template:Pp-semi-blp Template:Infobox golfer John Bradley "J.B." Holmes (born April 26, 1982) is an American professional golfer.

Early life[]

Holmes was born in Campbellsville, the seat of Taylor County in central Kentucky. Holmes began to play on the varsity golf team at Taylor County High School in Campbellsville when he was in the third grade.[1][2] He suffered a mild form of dyslexia when in school.[3] Holmes childhood friend, Brandon Parsons, is his caddy.

While in high school he played on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour. He attended the University of Kentucky, helping to achieve SEC Title while there, and represented the United States in the 2005 Walker Cup before turning professional later that year.[4]

PGA Tour[]

Holmes won the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament. He tied for tenth in his first PGA Tour start at the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii and in February that year he won the FBR Open, making him the fastest golfer to reach $1,000,000 in career earnings on the PGA Tour. It was his fifth tournament as a professional and his fourth on the PGA Tour.

After this victory his form fell away, and this continued in 2007 when he made only 2 top ten finishes and ended the year in 118th place on the money list.

On February 3, 2008, Holmes won the FBR Open for the second Tour win of his career and also captured the tournament title for the second time in three years. Starting the final round with a four shot lead, on the 18th tee he was one shot behind Phil Mickelson. Holmes birdied the 18th to force a play-off and then defeated Mickelson on the first playoff hole (the 18th) by making a six-foot birdie putt after a 359 yard drive.[5] This victory took Holmes to 62nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and in April 2008 he reached the top 50 of the world rankings for the first time.

Style of play[]

Holmes, along with fellow 2006 rookies such as Camilo Villegas and Bubba Watson, is known for hitting the ball long distances, in excess of 300 yards (312.7 yards, ranking him number 2 in driving distance, only 6 yards behind the leader, Watson). As such, he plays courses by routinely hitting his driver as far as he can, reminiscent of John Daly's "Grip it and Rip It" philosophy, and using his distance advantage to put him closer to the green and in position for a wedge or short iron to the green. While the style of play is not new, many critics have complained that J.B. Holmes's style has ushered in a new wave of golfers dedicated to smashing the ball as far as they can, assisted by the newer golf equipment offered by golf club companies and hacking the ball out of the rough onto the green, effectively eliminating the equalizing effect that the sport of golf usually affords shorter, accurate hitters.

2008 Ryder Cup[]

In the 2008 Ryder Cup, Holmes defeated Europe's Søren Hansen 2&1 during Sunday's singles matches to bring the United States within one point of clinching the Ryder Cup. Jim Furyk would later defeat Miguel Ángel Jiménez on the 17th hole to clinch the Ryder Cup. Holmes and another Ryder Cup teammate, Kenny Perry, were named Kentuckians of the Year for 2008 by Kentucky Monthly magazine.

Professional wins (5)[]

PGA Tour wins (2)[]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 5, 2006 FBR Open -21 (68-64-65-66=263) 7 strokes Template:Flagicon J. J. Henry, Template:Flagicon Steve Lowery, Template:Flagicon Ryan Palmer,
Template:Flagicon Scott Verplank, Template:Flagicon Camilo Villegas
2 Feb 3, 2008 FBR Open -14 (68-65-66-71=270) Playoff Template:Flagicon Phil Mickelson

PGA Tour playoff record (1-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2008 FBR Open Template:Flagicon Phil Mickelson Won with birdie on first hole
2 2009 Shell Houston Open Template:Flagicon Paul Casey Lost on first playoff hole

Other wins (3)[]

  • 2003 Kentucky Open (as an amateur)
  • 2004 Kentucky Open (as an amateur)
  • 2010 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with Ricky Barnes)

Results in major championships[]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP CUT 69
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP T37 DNP T29 WD
Tournament 2010
The Masters DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T14
PGA Championship T24

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

United States national team appearances[]


  • Walker Cup: 2005 (winner)


  • Ryder Cup: 2008 (winner)


External links[]

Template:2008 United States Ryder Cup team


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