CHARLOTTE — It’s been a long time coming, but J.B. Holmes finally owns his third PGA Tour title.
Holmes, who roughly two years ago underwent brain surgery, carded a final-round 1-under 71 for a total of 14 under to win the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, Holmes’ only two wins came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, in 2006 and 2008.
Holmes had brain surgery twice in 2011. He hurt his elbow trying to return too quickly, and had surgery on that only after being sidelined with a broken ankle.
With the victory, Holmes picked up 500 FedExCup points and a spot in The Players Championship this coming week at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The big-hitting Kentucky native bogeyed the 16th hole but made a critical save at the par-3 17th, sinking a 10-footer for par. He arrived at the 18th tee with a two-shot lead over Jim Furyk (65, -13 finish) and Martin Flores (72, -12).
Holmes’ drive on the 18th went into the right trees and he punched to just in front of the green. His chip would land some 40 feet from the hole and Holmes needed to two-putt for victory. After lagging to 4 feet, Holmes visualized his bogey putt, lined it up and rammed it home for the win.
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson struggled Sunday, finishing with a 4-over 76 in a tie for 11th.