Slow Down We Move Too Fast


Before we slip a green jacket on J.B. Holmes, lets just hold on one second. Clearly he is a huge talent. And one could argue that aside from the FBR Open not exactly being the PGA Championship, there were a whole lot of similarities between Holmes and John Daly.
Quick to be a folk hero. Quick to pick up a win on the PGA Tour. Hits it longer than most can imagine.
J.B. Holmes
J.B. Holmes currently leads both Vijay Singh and Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour money list.
With the win last week, Holmes became the first to win the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament and then win on the PGA Tour the next season since Mike Weir won the '98 Q-School and then the '99 Air Canada Championship. The last rookie to do it was Woody Austin who won at the Qualifying School in 1994 and then won the '95 Buick Open.
Holmes won by seven shots at the FBR. The last first-time winner to win by more than seven shots was Jose Maria Olazabal, who blistered the field at the 1990 NEC World Series of Golf by 12 shots.
And get this ' in winning, Holmes soared from 464th in the world rankings to the 77th ranked player in the world.
All amazing. But lets not be so quick to make him the PGA Tour rookie of the year or the second coming of Tiger Woods.
Tiger is Tiger. Hell always contend. Hell rarely disappoint. But if we make J.B. Holmes, whos one year removed from college at the University of Kentucky, out to be something hes not ready for, than can he just as quickly be an older version of Ty Tryon or perhaps a Bryce Molder. Wonderful talents ' without staying power. Have you forgotten the great Matt Kuchar? What wasnt to like? He made us all smile in winning the Honda Classic and hasnt won since. Heck, he hasnt been able to keep his card.
Last year we fell in love with Jason Gore, who could do no wrong for a period of months and so far this year is struggling to find the same form. Sean OHair is a super talent who, like Gore, made off with a PGA Tour win in short order. Let him win two more or follow up 2005 with a $2 million season and contend in a major or two before we give him the spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Its OK to let players grow into stars isnt it? So cmon. Lets give these guys 2006 to live up to the 2005 accolades. The term sophomore slump didnt come about without reason did it? And for that matter, who says you have to win to be considered a break-out player?
J.B. Holmes is a wonderful story. He and fellow long-hitter Bubba Watson are going to wow the fans for weeks to come.
But lets not put pressure where pressure isnt needed. Let them grow into PGA Tour stars. Lets not force them into stars before its their time.
I was rooting Holmes on just like many of you. I think his story is great and I think he could be very good for the game which can always use a man with some charisma, some flair and some bravado.
But lets not get too quick with this swing of fanfare. It might just be me, but one week does not a superstar make.
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