After winning last year’s Wells Fargo Championship, J.B. Holmes finished the season with a total of 19 cuts made in 24 starts,including nine top-25 finishes. It was his ninth full-year on the PGA TOUR and his best financial season as he earned nearly $2.4 million.
In his four starts during the month of February, Holmes was impressive and came ever so close to winning two tournaments.He lost in a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open and finished second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he had a five-stroke lead going into the final round and shot a course-record 62 to start the tournament.
Q | You won in Charlotte, you were in a playoff here in SanDiego, but in between no top-10s, how do you explain that?
J.B. HOLMES | I didn't get any top-10s because I didn't play well enough.
Q | That's just golf?
J.B. HOLMES | It's just golf. It happens sometimes. So, that was a year for me where I played really well, I didn't really have my full status, I was coming off of an injury and then when I won, my schedule completely changed, I got into some tournaments I wasn't planning to and I played more golf than I normally do. To be honest with you, I was a little bit tired at the end of the year, but I just didn't play well enough to get it up there after winning.
Q | What was it like for you emotionally to win again last year in Charlotte after all you had been through?
J.B. HOLMES | It was awesome to be able to come back. I had a lot of unfortunate things that happened and was able to fight through them and work really hard to get back out here, and then be able to come back out and be successful was the goal all along. But it definitely made me feel good and it was what I was working for, so it was awesome. I knew I could get out there and do it, and it was just nice for it to happen.
Q | How do you keep battling when you don't feel like you've got it?
J.B. HOLMES | I'm not going to quit. I played great all week. You know, I just didn't make any putts today. I didn't hit it as well as I had been but I hit a lot of great putts on the back nine. Just burnt the edges all day. Just normally usually two or three of those go in. It was tough starting out. Conditions were difficult.
Made a couple bad swings and a couple swings I thought were okay and ended up in not great spots. Just wasn't my day and Dustin played great. It was going to take one of those type of deals too, there was a couple guys that were going to have to play great and I was going to have to have an off day. Unfortunately for me, that's what happened.