If you managed to stick out the Genesis Open to the bitter end on Sunday night and see JB Holmes come home victorious, all we can do is to say we admire your fortitude!

The manner of Holmes victory was hugely frustrating for vast swathes of fans who took to social media to highlight his extremely slow pace of play.



For his part the 37 year old was resolute.

"Well, you play in 25 mile an hour gusty winds and see how fast you play when you're playing for the kind of money and the points and everything that we're playing for," he said after.
"There's times when I'm probably too slow, but it is what it is.  I was never on the clock.  Nobody  never even got a warning.  TV wants everything to be real fast all the time."

In Holmes defence, Riviera is a tough golf course and very windy conditions made it an even more stern test as third round leader Justin Thomas can attest to after slumping to a Sunday 75 to lose by a single shot.

Holmes' final round 70 was good enough for this fifth Tour win in 301 starts and first since the 2015 Shell Houston Open. With the win the Kentuckian jumps a massive 58 places in the World Golf Rankings from 100th to 42nd.

Highlights on YouTube are here:

What's In The Bag



Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero (10.5 degrees) with Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83X shaft.
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 HL (16.5 degrees) with Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 93X shaft.
Irons: Srixon Z U85 (3), Srixon Z-785 (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50, 54, 60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

How Did He Do It?

Holmes hit 29 fairways for the week (T59 in the driving accuracy stats) averaging 281.1 yards with his Callaway Epic Flash driver.
His outfield play however was key to his win.  Using a TaylorMade M2 fairway wood and Srixon Z-785 irons Holmes hit 51 greens in regulation, including 13 in a windy final round, to be T2 in the field  and gain 0.940 strokes tee-to-green.
Using a Scotty Cameron 009M putter the now Florida resident ended the week with 111 putts total, T11 in the field with 0.756 Strokes Gained: Putting, ending the week with one eagle and 19 birdies versus seven bogeys.
The win made it a clean sweep for Srixon staffers after Ryan Fox won in Perth and Miguel Angel Jimenez was victorious on the Champions Tour in Florida.

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