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.