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January 26 2012

7:18 PM

Holmes holding steady in return

LA JOLLA, Calif. – J.B. Holmes, playing competitively for the first time since having brain surgery on Sept. 1, has played five holes on the South Course in 1 over.

Holmes bogeyed his first hole when he was unable to get up and down from a greenside bunker. But he’s managed to follow that up with four straight pars.

Holmes, who started having problems with vertigo at last year’s PLAYERS Championship, was diagnosed with a Chiari malformation in his brain. He actually ended up having two brain surgeries when doctors discovered he was allergic to the adhesive used in the first.

Doctors removed a small piece of his skull – which he keeps on the ledge of a window in his house – and inserted titanium mesh to provide more room for his brain, which was being pushed into his spinal cavity. He’s been hitting a full range of clubs since early December.

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