It has been a long-time coming, but J.B. Holmes has finally ended his wait for a third career title after being victorious at the Wells Fargo Championships.
The American, who last won a competition at the FBR Open in 2008, quenched a six year thirst for another victory by shooting a score of 14 under par for the week at the Quail Hollow Golf Club.
Holmes went into the day as the overnight leader and he managed to hold off a series of challenges from those bellow him to triumph.
The 32-year-old played a steady final day round, of a one-under par 71, to secure the victory. He made four birdies through the first 15 holes, only dropping one shot, before showing signs of nerves as the realisation of what he could potentially achieve set in - and making two bogeys on the final three holes.
It was no matter though, as nobody was able to close the gap and stop him from finishing on top of the leader board. The feat is made all the more impressive by the fact that Holmes had to undergo brain surgery twice in 2011.
His main threat came from Jim Furyk, who carved up the course and shot a score of 65 to finish just one shot behind the eventual winner.
If the experienced campaigner was able to have produce to form that he showed today earlier in the week he may have been coming out a winner rather than a runner-up but, having come into the day seven shots back he would have been pleased to have made such a run for the title. He did so by making five birdies and an eagle without dropping a shot but, ultimately, it was all to no avail.
There were plenty of others who continued to show good form but didn’t quite do enough to win, too.
Martin Flores has been amongst the contenders all week, but he could only find a par round of 72 when it mattered – meaning he was left to contemplate what might have been, and finished third.
Elsewhere, Justin Rose could not match his form on Thursday and Friday, which elevated him right to the top of the leader-board, and could only shoot 71 for the second consecutive day over the weekend – leaving him in fifth.
Rory McIlroy also continues to impress, but will want to turn his top ten finishes this season into wins, as he was made to settle for tied eighth this time. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson, who promised that he would have a ‘good day’ on the final round, after he fired himself into contention with a score of 63 on Saturday, was not able to stay true to his word – shooting a three over par 76 and slipping back to tied eleventh spot.
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