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May 7 2011

10:21 PM

Holmes didn’t see ball drop

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Even after the cheer, J.B. Holmes wasn't sure.

"Usually when it gets that loud, you figure it went in," he said. "But still, from that distance it's hard to get that ball to go in that little hole."

Not this time. The 5-iron Holmes struck from 215 yards tracked at the pin like it had radar. A couple of hops -- he's not sure how many -- later and Holmes had the first albatross of his career.

"I saw it bounce, and then I'm guessing it kind of bounced and hit the pin and went in," Holmes said. "I don't know, I don't think the cameras were on. It would have been nice if they would have been on. I don't know what it looked like."

Holmes, who has made two aces as a pro, then followed the double eagle with a birdie at the 16th hole. He admitted he had to settle himself down before attempting that 26-footer.

"I definitely had some adrenaline going, but I had a little walk for it to wear off," Holmes said. "It was a long walk up to the green, then you get up there and then Chez (Reavie) had to play the hole, so I had a while before my next shot, so I had time to calm down. Hit a great tee shot and hit a so-so second and I hit a great putt."

Holmes finished with a 65 that moved him into the top 10 at 9 under. Granted he’ll have some ground to make up on  the leaders, but the big-hitter from Kentucky has a chance to pick up the third win of his PGA TOUR career.

“It's always good to have a chance on Sunday, and it looks like I've put myself in position,” Holmes said. “… I’m still probably going to have a shot unless somebody goes really crazy on the back nine or something. But that's all you can ask for.”

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