NASSAU, Bahamas – While it may feel like a one-man show this week at the Hero World Challenge, there are actually 17 golfers in the field not named Tiger Woods. And after one round, they’re all chasing J.B. Holmes.
Holmes bombed his way around Albany Golf Club, rebounding from an opening bogey to shoot an 8-under 64 and take a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama.
“It was a great day for me,” Holmes said. “Putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well. Pretty much all around a solid day. Also got a score out of it, so it was a lot of fun.”
Holmes is one of the longest players on the PGA Tour, and he feasted on the quintet of par-5s at Albany by making three birdies to go along with an eagle on No. 11.
Holmes is coming off a strong season that featured a pair of top-5 finishes in majors as well as a role in helping the U.S. reclaim the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine. While his last win came at the 2015 Shell Houston Open, he likes his chances in this week’s limited field – especially after Thursday’s strong opener.
“It’s a smaller field, so your odds of winning are automatically better,” Holmes said. “It’s just a good time of year to have some fun and be competitive, but not beat yourself up too bad.”