After coming up just short last week at Torrey Pines, there appears to be no letdown for J.B. Holmes.
Holmes lost to Jason Day in a four-man playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he is again atop the leaderboard after opening the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with an 8-under 64 at the host course. Holmes found 16 of 18 greens in regulation during his opening round, and the effort left him one shot clear of John Daly, Chesson Hadley and Dudley Hart.
“It’s a good start for me and an all-around good day,” Holmes said. “I felt good about my game last week, and I feel good about it this week. However you want to say it, I felt pretty good coming into here.”
Holmes began his day in style on No. 10 at Pebble Beach, holing out a wedge from 123 yards for an opening eagle. He followed with a birdie on No. 11 and made seven birdies in total, including four in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 3-7.
Holmes won last year at the Wells Fargo Championship and has made the cut in five of his first six starts this season, highlighted by his runner-up finish last week. After battling multiple injuries, including a brain tumor in 2011, Holmes is now equipped with a clean bill of health and eager to contend for his fourth career win this week in California.
"I'm healthy. I've been healthy for a little over a year now," he said. "This game is hard enough as it is, but it's tough to play when you're not healthy."