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J.B. Holmes put family first after dramatic PGA win on Sunday

J.B. Holmes with his wife and son after Sunday’s win. (PGA Tour Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

J.B. Holmes of Campbellsville scored a dramatic comeback win over Louisville’s Justin Thomas to win the Genesis Open  Sunday and earn about $1.4 million for his first victory in four years.

Holmes overcame a four-shot deficit in tough conditions during the final round of the Genesis Open and got a clutch two-putt on the final hole from about 35 feet to seal the win.

“About killed me but he hung in there in tough conditions,” Maurice Holmes, the player’s father, said. “I always though he would have a good chance to win this event because the course sets up good for him and he loves the course.”

Holmes’ sister, Amanda Rowland, said she and her husband yelled so loud that “we scared the puppy” during the final holes.

It was an important win for Holmes. Not only did he get a lot of money, but he also got a lot of perks for winning the tournament.

One perk is that he will be back playing in the Masters this year after failing to qualify last year. One other benefit was the win earned him a spot in this week’s World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship because he rose to ninth in the season-long points list. But Holmes did something a lot of other players might not have done — he put family first.

He had played in four straight tournaments and already had a vacation planned with his wife and young son. So instead of rushing to make plans to get to Mexico and bailing out on his wife and son, the former Kentucky golfer opted to just relax and enjoy a vacation that he certainly earned with his gutsy play in horrible conditions during the tourney’s final round.

Now if those TV commentators and golf experts would just quit whining about his slow play. His group took 5 1/2 hours to finish their final round but the winds were howling at 25 miles per hour.

Holmes had the low round in his group that included Thomas and Adam Scott. He was never warned about slow play Sunday and has never been penalized for slow play. Just give him credit for winning and save the whining for another day.

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