J.B Holmes Outlasts the Conditions, Wins Genesis PDF Print E-mail



J.B Holmes celebrates after winning at Riviera.

Pacific Palisades, California - The Genesis Open was mired with inclement

weather all week, and Sunday was no different in Southern California

with temps in the low 40's and winds of 30+ mph. Many of the game's

best struggled, but J.B Holmes wasn't one of those that did, finishing with

rounds of 63-69-68-70 (-14 - 270 total) to win by one stroke over Justin

Thomas at famed Riviera Country Club.


Thomas seemed to have it all under control as his third round 65 came

to a conclusion early on Sunday. When round 4 began in the afternoon

it was a different story, his four-stroke lead to begin the final round

evaporated quickly when he bogeyed the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th, doubled

the 13th and made another bogey on 14 en route to a 75. "I really

struggled putting in that wind out there," JT said. "It's something that

I've needed to get better at and it unfortunately just kind of showed

a flaw in my game."

For Holmes, putting had the opposite result - coming into Riviera his

Strokes Gained Putting rank was a paltry 202nd, and after some work

on the Poa greens with coach Matt Killen he finished the week ranked

1st at +2.043 strokes gained. "I putted for several hours throughout the

week - we changed our routine and we had a string and a mirror and

just made sure that everything was dialed in, and then I could trust it

and go out there and make confident strokes."


The West Coast swing concluded with its share of weather issues. The

WMPO endured a rainy final round, while Pebble Beach suffered from

several weather delays, during the entire week at Riviera it seemed

highly unlikely that 72 holes could be completed by Sunday.


Jordan Spieth struggled the most in the tough conditions, shooting a

final round 81 that included a double, triple and quadruple bogey.