J.B. Holmes: Happy, Healthy & Giving Back

by Jeff Skinner

The PGA Tour continues its final Fall Series this week at the Frys.com Open and many players are in California hoping to secure their tour cards for next season and some are padding their bank accounts.  And some are just happy to be playing golf again.

J.B. Holmes is one of those golfers that has the luxury of having already secured his tour card for 2014 but he is also one of them that appreciates just being able to play golf again.

In September of 2011 Holmes underwent brain surgery to remove a malformation at the base of his skull.  After a winter of recovery and rehabilitation (click here for video) he came back at the start of this season and took a few starts to find his golfing legs again.  But in his fourth start he found his swing and tied for eighth at the Northern Trust Open.

Since then Holmes has managed eight top 25 finishes and made 19 cuts in 24 starts.  He sits well positioned at 82 on the money list and has regained his trademark long driver swing as he ranks 6th on tour with a 309.8 yard average.  Not bad for a guy who had his skull cut open last fall.

PGA Tour productions did a great job with a profile of Holmes this week on Inside the PGA Tour.  There on some interesting videos of Holmes on PGA Tour.com.  They feature a little bit of “The Newlywed Game” and follow Holmes back home in Campbellsville, Kentucky And of course Holmes talks about getting back his length off the tee.

But the most inspiring video is below and it follows J.B. with a family of kids that had the same medical issue as Holmes.  He’s back on tour but with a new outlook on his ability to be a professional golfer and he’s ready to give something back.  It’s a great story and a wonderful comeback for one of the good old boys on tour.


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