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December 8 2012

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No. 78: J.B. Holmes

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To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .


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2013 PREVIEW: J.B. Holmes had a remarkable comeback story as he earned more than $1 million and played the weekend in 20 of 25 events less than a year after having brain surgery. If he can improve his iron play, where he slipped from 63rd to 114th in GIR, this quiet man from Kentucky should get back into contention on a more regular basis.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Many would say that "moment" came when Holmes stepped to the first tee at the Farmers Insurance Open less than four months after the surgery to repair a Chiari malformation. He opened with a 76 but followed with a 69 and never looked back, posting a pair of top 10s, including a tie for eighth at the Shell Houston Open where he shot four sub-par rounds. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I often wonder how conversations among players take place in the locker room. One player describes his tendonitis, another complains about a foot injury. Holmes says, “I had brain surgery last year,” and everyone else stops detailing their injuries. He played in 25 events, made 20 cuts and won more than a million dollars. I’d say that was a good year. John has a very compact yet powerful swing that averages 310 yards per drive. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: It's impossible to diminish the severity of the vertigo he battled in 2011, but he wasted no time in getting back into a groove following a pair of brain surgeries to alleviate the condition. He made 20 cuts but earned just $1.179 million, which represents a five-year low. He's not only on sale in salary games, but he's likely a popular keeper entering 2013. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
82nd

Final Playoffs ranking
48th

Best finishes T-8th
T-8th
Northern Trust Open
Shell Houston Open
By the Numbers
Starts: 25
Cuts made: 20
Rounds played: 86
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 80th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 6th
Driving accuracy: 173rd
Greens in regulation: 114th
Strokes gained-putting: 104th
Scoring average: 102nd

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