May 06, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- J.B. Holmes earned his third PGA TOUR victory, and first since 2008, at last week's Wells Fargo Championship. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
J.B. Holmes hasn't played THE PLAYERS Championship since 2012, but he's amassed a strong record at TPC Sawgrass' THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. He has four top-16s in seven starts, highlighted by a T6 in 2011. Holmes earned a return trip to THE PLAYERS Championship by winning last week's Wells Fargo Championship, his first PGA TOUR win since 2008 and third overall. His previous two victories came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2006, '08).
Can Holmes win two weeks in a row? It seems possible, with his good form and good track record here. But even he admits a second consecutive win will be hard to come by.
"It takes a lot out of you, a lot of emotional stuff," Holmes said about winning. "It can change your routine. It's just kind of draining mentally and physically to be up there playing and in contention and all that stress the whole time."
There's another reason why winning two consecutive events doesn't happen often.
"Everybody is really, really good," he said. "How many people win two times in a year? There's just not that many people, so to make them back-to-back, it's a difficult task."
Holmes is No. 18 in the FedExCup standings after making the cut in 11 of 12 starts this season. He's finished in the top 20 in his past four starts.
TPC Sawgrass is known as a course where both long and short hitters can have success. Holmes is seventh in driving distance this season (305.0 yards). Being selective about when to use his length is key to his success at TPC Sawgrass.
"There's holes where you hit driver and there's holes where you don't," he said. "I feel like they're pretty clear-cut out here, the ones you can get in the fairway with (a long-iron or fairway wood) and have a wedge in your hand and the the ones you can go for a little bit."