November 22 2013
By PGATOUR.COM Staff
J.B. Holmes shot 1-under 70 on Friday at the Japan Golf Tour's Dunlop Phoenix to make the cut in his first tournament since The Honda Classic in February.
Holmes opened the Dunlop Phoenix with an 8-over 79, but made the cut on the number after breaking par in the second round. He missed four of five cuts on TOUR in 2013 before fracturing his left ankle March 9 while rollerblading with his wife. When Holmes returns to the PGA TOUR, he will have 19 events to earn $580,299 under his Major Medical Extension.
The two-time TOUR winner had brain surgery in September 2011 to correct structural defects in his cerebellum that had been giving Holmes vertigo-like symptoms. He withdrew from the 2011 PGA Championship and missed the remainder of the season, returning at the Farmers Insurance Open in January 2012. He finished 48th in the FedExCup in 2012.
Holmes is one of several PGA TOUR players in the Dunlop Phoenix field. Defending champion Luke Donald (73-66) is one of four players tied for the halfway lead.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (73-69), who is in the middle of his first season as a PGA TOUR member, is three shots off the lead, as is Hideki Matsuyama (71-71). They are tied for ninth place.
Keegan Bradley (73-72) is tied for 37th, while Charlie Beljan (75-72) and Billy Horschel (71-76) are tied for 44th.
Tom Watson, the U.S. captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup, missed the cut by two shots with rounds of 76-75. Former PGA TOUR winner Shigeki Maruyama, a captain's assistant at this year's Presidents Cup, shot 75-82 to finish 82nd in the 84-man field.