INCHEON, South Korea – J.B. Holmes’ off-season plan was already in motion when the first call came a week ago.
“It was a long year and I was just going to take a few weeks off,” he said on Monday at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea. “I was going to sit at home and play video games and not play golf.”
That changed on Tuesday when U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas called to officially put him on standby for this year’s matches to replace Jim Furyk, who was withdrew from the BMW Championship and Tour Championship because of a wrist injury.
“He kept me updated with texts and I finally got the call on Friday morning saying [Fuyrk] couldn’t go,” Holmes said. “I felt bad for Jim, I know how much he loves these events, but I was grateful for the opportunity as well.”
It was a surreal end to an interesting few weeks for Holmes, who finished 12th on the final U.S. point list after a solid season that included a victory (Shell Houston Open) and two runner-up finishes in the spring.
“I was obviously disappointed I didn’t make the team. I really wanted to make it and I played well all year and just came up short on points,” Holmes said. “I was able to get in another way.”
Holmes said the WGC-HSBC Champions in China was the only fall event on the 2015-16 schedule he was considering to play.