CHARLOTTE, N.C. – More than two years after going through brain surgery, J.B. Holmes is a winner again on the PGA Tour.
Holmes made a 3-foot bogey putt on the final hole for a 1-under-par 71 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. Furyk finished his Sunday-best 65 about two hours earlier.
Holmes, 32, had a 14-under 274 total and earned $1.242 million for his third PGA Tour victory.
Holmes was diagnosed in 2011 with structural defects in the cerebellum known as Chiara malformations, and he had surgery twice — once to remove a piece of his skull he still keeps at home, another because of an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the titanium plate at the base of his skull.
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He injured his elbow by hitting too many balls in an attempt to return from the brain surgery. He had surgery on his elbow last year, when he was sidelined because of a broken ankle.
“It’s been a long journey for me,” Holmes said. “I’ve had some ups and downs. It’s a great feeling to be out there and to get one done.”
Kevin Chappell (68), who owns a home in Kirkland, tied for 11th at 7 under and Ryan Moore (66) of Puyallup tied for 18th at 5 under.
Kyle Stanley (71) of Gig Harbor and Michael Putnam (77) from University Place were among those tied for 60th at 3 over.
Couples is 2nd
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Bernhard Langer won the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational for the third time, closing with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Seattle native Fred Couples.
Langer, 56, finished at 11-under 205 and earned $300,000. He became the 10th player with at least 20 victories on the Champions Tour.
Couples (67) played college golf at Houston.
• After six runner-up finishes in her previous 16 tournaments, Stacy Lewis dominated the North Texas LPGA Shootout, shooting a 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory over Meena Lee (70) in Irving.
Lewis, 29, had a 16-under 268 total and earned $195,000.
• Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over former Washington Husky Alex Prugh (67) of Spokane.
Barber, 24, had a 15-under 273 total and earned $117,000.
Andrew Putnam (72) of University Place tied for 14th at 7 under. Andres Gonzales (69) of Olympia tied for 19th at 6 under.