August 22 2011
J.B. Holmes officially withdrew Monday from The Barclays, the first event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, and will miss the next three months of competition due to a recent diagnosis of Chiari malformations, a brain condition that will require surgery on Thursday, Sept. 1.
Holmes will have surgery at The Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He is near his home in Louisville, Ky., this week for blood work and pre-op tests.
Holmes will not be replaced in the field at The Barclays. The field stands at 123 ahead of the first event; Charl Schwartzel elected to sit out the first week of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
“I was really looking forward to the Playoffs this year and improving on my 34th-place finish from 2010,” said Holmes, a two-time PGA TOUR winner who was ranked No. 66 in the FedExCup heading into The Barclays. “But with a three-month recovery before I can get back to form, we decided that the sooner I can get this procedure done, the better.
“I know when people hear ‘brain surgery’ it conjures up all kinds of images, but this a relatively low-risk surgery and only takes about an hour and a half. Best of all, there’s a very high success rate in fixing the condition. It’s just such a relief to know that there’s a name for what I’ve been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life.
“I really appreciate all the support from fans, friends and family, and I am looking forward to a full recovery for the 2012 season.”