Sunday, February 3, 2008

FBR Open - Holmes wins in a playoff

American JB Holmes had back-to-back birdies on the same hole just 30 minutes apart to edge Phil Mickelson in a playoff and capture his second FBR Open title in three years.

Holmes birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff then defeated Mickelson with by draining a seven-foot putt on the first hole of the playoff.

Holmes also won this event in 2006. Asked to compare the two wins he said this one really tested his determination.

"It is a little different," said Holmes, who shot a 71 Sunday to finish at 14-under 270. "I won the first time here and then everybody questioned why I couldn't win again.

"This one is more redemption to prove everyone was wrong."

Holmes watched his seven-foot putt sail straight in then stepped forward and punched his right fist in the air.

He sank a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation to pull even with Mickelson who started the day four shots adrift of Holmes.

My Thoughts

A really great win that many people wont even have seen because of an overlap with the superbowl. This guy is one of the longest hitters I have ever seen and held his nerve beautifully to drain two lovely putts!

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