JB Holmes won in a playoff over Johnson Wagner & Jordan Spieth Sunday in Houston.
Humble, Texas - Six shots back to start the final round at the Shell Houston Open,
J.B Holmes wasn't really thinking about winning on Sunday . . . but after five birdies
in a row to start the round, he knew he had a chance. Afterward he reflected: "I was
just trying to do the best I could do each hole and at the end of the round, then you
add it up.
Teeing off over 90 minutes before the leaders, Holmes posted 64 and held the
clubhouse lead at 16 under par (272 total), and waited to see what dramatics would
unfold for the leaders coming down the stretch.
Johnson Wagner, playing on a sponsors exemption needed to make birdie at the last
to tie Holmes. Wagner's approach of 209 yds settled pin high 25 ft right of the hole.
When his birdie attempt dove into the cup, the crowd erupted and so did Wagner -
jumping around and fist pumping (it was one of only three birdies on the hole Sunday).
The 18th played nearly a full stroke over par in the final round . Next up was Jordan
Spieth, his approach at the last ended up in a tough lie on a downslope just outside the
right bunker. Spieth's pitch ran 12 ft passed the hole, leaving him a left to right breaker
for par to make the playoff with Wagner and Holmes. Calm and collected like a 10 year
veteran, the 21 year old Texan poured it in the jar to save his par and reach extra holes.
Unfortunately for Spieth, an errant approach on the first playoff hole proved too much.
He failed to get up & down from the right bunker. Wagner and Holmes tied the hole
with pars, and headed back to the 18th again for the third time on Sunday. After both
players found the fairway, Wagner hit a mediocre approach to 45 ft. Holmes went pin
hunting and stuffed it to 7 ft. Wagner's lag/birdie attempt ran 6 ft long and left, leaving
the door open for Holmes. Holmes just missed his attempt to end it and tapped in for par.
Needing to make his 6 footer to extend the playoff, Wagner pushed his putt wide right -
giving J.B Holmes the victory.
It was an Easter Sunday that exceeded Holmes' expectations: "I didn't tee off expecting
to win today, but you know, it's a nice surprise."
J.B Holmes moves up to third in the Fedex Cup standings.
LPGA - ANA Inspiration
Brittany Lincicome celebrates with her caddie Sunday at the ANA Inspiration
Palm Springs, California - Sometimes you lose the ones you think are yours, and
sometimes you steal the ones that don't seem likely. Sunday's ANA Inspiration was
the latter of the two for Brittany Lincicome.
In a "deja vu" moment, reminiscent of her heroic approach on the same hole 6 years ago,
Lincicome eagled the 18th on Sunday to shoot 69 and force a playoff with Stacy Lewis.
On the third playoff hole, Lincicome needed only par to seal her second major victory, and
second ANA Inspiration title. Lewis had three good chances to win it outright with very
makeable putts on the 18th, but each time just barely missing the putt to seal it. On the
third playoff hole Lewis' lay up found its way into a nasty divot, that led to a miscue on
the approach and resulted in bogey.
It was less than a year ago that Lincicome all but had the LPGA Championship locked up,
and let it get away at the very end (Inbee Park won). To say she was ecstatic with the
way things unfolded Sunday would be an understatement:
"I mean, to make an eagle on any hole is pretty incredible, and then to do it on
Sunday at a major, at this major where I did it in 2009," Lincicome said, "it's really
surreal. I feel like if you would have bet me all the money in the world to see how
many times you could do it, if I went back to the fairway now I probably couldn't hit
that shot again. So like I said earlier, today was my day. Somebody was looking out
for me today."
World No.1 Lydia Ko finished tied for 51st.