Oft-injured J.B. Holmes completed an incredible comeback Sunday by winning the Wells Fargo Championship by one. Here’s the skinny on the final round at Quail Hollow Club:
The leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-14), Jim Furyk (-13), Martin Flores (-12), Jason Bohn (-11), Justin Rose (-10)
What it means: This is Holmes’ third career PGA Tour title, and his first since 2008. In the years since, he has dealt with a series of injuries, most significant brain surgery in 2011. Last year, he broke his ankle rollerblading and missed the majority of the season. Prior to this week, he had finished 18th or better in four of his past five starts.
Round of the day: Holmes began the day with a one-shot lead, but he played most of the back nine Sunday with a three-shot cushion. He got nervy toward the end, making bogey on the 16th hole, rolling in an 8-foot par putt on 17 and needing to two-putt from 45 feet for bogey on 18. In the end, Holmes became the first 54-hole leader to win at Quail Hollow since 2008.
Best of the rest: Jim Furyk, the 2006 champion, played his last 32 holes bogey-free, including a final-round 65, to finish solo second. Honorable mention goes to Brendon de Jonge, who opened with 80 and then shot three consecutive rounds in the 60s (including a course-record-tying 62 on Friday), to finish joint sixth.
Biggest disappointment: After a Saturday 63 gave the event a jolt, Phil Mickelson backed up that superb play with a Sunday stumble, missing a slew of short putts and posting a final-round 76. That dropped him all the way into a tie for 11th. He still does not have a top 10 on the PGA Tour this season.
Quote of the day: “It feels great. It’s been a long journey for me, had some ups and downs, and it’s a great feeling to get one done.” - Holmes