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By : BGA Proshop
It was a long Sunday for a lot of the players at the Genesis Open due to rain delays on Thursday which push the entire tournament back.
After his round on Saturday, Tiger Woods told reporters that he would have to be up between 2 – 3 am to start his pre game routine for a 6:45 am start on Sunday. Overnight leader Justin Thomas didn’t have to get up that early but a 4 am wakeup call was on the cards to start his day. Thomas was only 2 holes into his third round when play was called off on Saturday which at that point he held a one stroke lead. By the end of the third round Sunday morning, Thomas had a 4 stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes.
Unfortunately that is where it went a bit pear shape for Thomas as he bogeyed three of his first five holes and J.B Holmes took the solo lead on 10 with a birdie, when Thomas made another bogey.
The back nine saw the lead change hands a couple of times as Thomas birdied 11 to regain the lead again as Holmes bogeyed the hole. It was from this point onwards Holmes was solid managing to par every single hole on the way back to the clubhouse in tough windy conditions. Thomas had a nightmare final 7 holes as he double bogeyed 13 and then backed it up with a bogey to fall two behind. A fighting birdie on 16 got him within one stroke but he failed to convert his birdie chances on his last 2 holes handing Holmes a one stroke win.
In the end Holmes finished his round 1 under and Thomas shot a closing 4 over which costed him the tournament.
"We wanted to put on a good show for everybody so me and Justin thought we would three-putt a couple times from some short distances," Holmes said after his final round. "It was really tough on the back side. The wind was blowing hard. It was hard putting. It's the way you want to win. You want to come down to the end and be able to hit shots and make some key putts. It had to be exciting to watch."
This was Holmes’s fifth PGA Tour career win and his first since the 2015 Houston Open.
J.B Holmes win wasn’t controversial free as the broadcast announcers and people on social media criticized him for slow play.
At the par 3 4th hole, Holmes took more than 80 seconds to attempt his birdie putt.
“Here is J.B. Holmes, going through all the maps and scales and typography data that he can find,” said Jim Nantz, setting the stage.
“The issue I have with that is not that he’s doing that, it’s that he had plenty of time to do that while Justin was getting ready for his shot or Adam was getting ready for his shot,” said on-course reporter Peter Kostis. “And he waited until it was his turn to play to go through his whole routine.”