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Despite not winning, Holmes still had “good week” at Travelers Championship

Kentuckian J.B. Holmes tied for second in the Travelers Championship, his third top five finish this season and his second straight after his third-place finish in the St. Jude Classic.

Holmes, who is averaging 304 yards per drive this season and has won over $1.5 millions this year, had this to say after Sunday’s round.

Q. I know that wasn’t the finish you wanted, but you really put up a great battle on that back nine. How much fun was it to be involved in this final nine holes of the Travelers Championship?
J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, it was great. Like you said, I didn’t finish the way I wanted to, but had a great day, played well, putted well, and we just misread some putts there at the end. Actually, I hit all my putts right where I was aiming. That last putt was on a big slope and we thought it would break and it didn’t. But it was a good week for me, I played well.

Q. I wanted to ask you about the week overall. This is easily your best finish at this tournament. What was the difference this year playing at TPC River Highlands?
J.B. HOLMES: I just felt good about my game. Like I said, I’ve been putting well, so the putter really made me feel confident over the greens this week. I hit some good iron shots, so it was just a solid week.

Q. You got in contention. How can you describe the final round for you?
J.B. HOLMES: It was a good round for me. I played solid. Didn’t finish like I wanted to, but I hit a lot of good shots today, hit a lot of great putts and just came up a few short.

Q. How would you characterize what unfolded down the stretch when you were basically in the thick of it?
J.B. HOLMES: I actually didn’t look at the scoreboard all day. I didn’t really know. I was just trying to do the best I could. I knew in the last I had to hole out that wedge, and I just hit a bad shot and got a squirrely lie over there. I hit a decent chip and hit my putt where I was looking, but missed it. It’s the way it goes. I made a lot of putts this week, played well, and it was a good week.

Q. A number of rounds on PGA TOUR events under par (inaudible)?
J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, played well the last three tournaments, so hopefully I can keep that momentum going and get a win under my belt. But playing solid right now.

Q. Did you say (inaudible)?
J.B. HOLMES: 17, I had no idea.

Q. So you really weren’t watching?
J.B. HOLMES: No, I was just doing what I could do. I can’t control what anybody else is doing.

Q. You mentioned you had a pretty good week, but the last like two holes kind of disappointed you, but, otherwise, you’re right in the hunt.
J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, just the last hole. The other two holes were fine. I made a great shot on the par-3, and I hit the putt exactly where I was aiming, and we misread it. Hit a good shot on 17 in there. Didn’t come down the hill, misread that one. And 18, I just hit a bad shot.

Q. Are you able to move on now because of that and say, you know what, if I put myself in this position often I’m going to be in really good shape? Give yourself a chance to win as often as possible and good things will come?
J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, absolutely. I’ve won out here before. I know what it takes. I’m playing well right now, so hopefully I can keep giving myself opportunities. It’s hard to win out here. You’ve got guys shooing 7-under. You’ve got guys going low all the time, so you’ve got to have things go your way, and you’ve got to capitalize.

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