(Photo: David Dusek, Golfweek.com)
J.B. Holmes was a 3-foot putt away from winning the Wells Fargo Championship when he backed away to size up the situation.
This wasn't about pressure. He was just happy to be there.
Nearly three years removed from brain surgery, Holmes was in a far better place Sunday at Quail Hollow. His 3-foot bogey putt gave him a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk, capping a remarkable comeback from a health issue that wouldn't be classified as the garden variety in golf.
Not many other guys keep a piece of their skull in a container in their closet.
"Just enjoying the moment," Holmes said. "You don't get that very often, so getting up and thanking God for letting me have the opportunity to do it. Whether I made it or not, just enjoy being there."
He made it more stressful than he needed, with two bogeys on the last three holes and an 8-foot par putt on the other. Jason Bohn had the best chance to catch Holmes, one shot behind until pulling a 4-iron into the water on the par-3 17th and making double bogey. Phil Mickelson never had a chance, missing four putts from the 4-foot range and closing with a 76 to finish out of the top 10.
It was the third PGA Tour win for Holmes, and by far the sweetest.
Here is a complete list of the clubs J.B. Holmes used to win the Wells Fargo Championship:
DRIVER: TaylorMade SLDR 430 (12 degrees with a Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board shaft)
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade SLDR (15.5 degrees with a UST Mamiya Elements Wind 8 F5 X shaft)
HYBRIDS: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro (19, 21 degrees with with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC (4-9 with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
WEDGES: Cleveland Forged 588 RTX (48, 54, 60 degrees with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled Versa #7
BALL: Srixon Z-Star 3