What they said: J.B. Holmes

July 05, 2012
PGA TOUR staff

MORE: The Greenbrier Classic transcripts archive Q. J.B, talk about your round.

J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, I had a good round. Started out a little slow on the front. I hit it well, just didn't look like I got much scoring ability out of the front. But I played great on the back, made a bunch of birdies and got in the house with a -- you know, finished with three birdies, so it was a good finish.

Q. Talk about that shot on 18, put it within a foot.

J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, I had the right club, I had a little 8� iron, just turned it a little bit with the wind, hit it right -- I couldn't see it from back there, but I knew people acted like it was getting close to going in. When I got up to the green and was able to see it, it was nice to have that little tap-in there to finish the round. Don't have to think too much on those.

Q. How does it feel to take advantage of conditions that were pretty much well in favor of a good round, good low numbers??

J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, you know, the wind wasn't too hard today, it wasn't really swirling. It picked up a little bit the last few holes, but it's nice to get out there early and get a good round in.

Q. They have a record number of badges this year. What was the atmosphere like out there??

J.B. HOLMES: You know, I went off so early there wasn't a whole lot of people out there yet. I think there's quite -- most people out here were following Tiger, I think he went off pretty early, but we were the first group out. Towards the end of the round there was definitely getting some more players out there, so it's always a good crowd out here, good people, so it's fun to come out here and play.

Q. You went through the last year, year and a half with some pretty scary stuff with the brain situation. Can you just sort of talk about putting that behind you and coming back out here and doing what you do??

J.B. HOLMES: Yeah, that was kind of the goal. I just took the mindset into it that, hey, I've got to get this done and come back out here and play and never let my mind go in bad directions. So it was -- the goal was to get out here and I got out here, and after I hit my first shot, I go okay, now you hit your first shot, now let's get competitive. So I just kept doing it in steps like that, and my game's been really good the last few weeks and just haven't -- had a couple bad swings at the wrong time, but hopefully I can put four rounds together this week.

Q. When you deal with some real� life stuff like that, is there ever any doubt that kind of creeps in whether you'll be able to get out here and do it again??

J.B. HOLMES: You know, very little. Every time that came in, I just kind of got rid of it. Like I said, I try to stay real positive. It was brain surgery, but for brain surgery it was a minor surgery. So I was very confident in the doctor, he knew what to do, he had done a bunch of surgeries and had been very successful, so you know, I never really let it cross my mind that I wasn't coming back out, wasn't going to compete, so I just stayed away from that, tried to stay positive.

Q. When you play golf, does that kind of make you a little less stressed missing a shot here and there after going through that??

J.B. HOLMES: I mean, it's still a job and it's still frustrating and you still get upset when you hit some bad shots, but in the grand scheme of things you realize the most important things, God, family and friends. Puts it in perspective a little bit. If you start getting a little upset, you just stop and think a little bit and just say, you know, it's not that big of a deal, it's just a game.

Q. Did the front nine play a little tougher than the back? Tougher to score on, I guess?

J.B. HOLMES: Well, it's always tougher to score on. There's not -- there's two par 5s on the back side, so a little more opportunities. It wasn't playing too tough. I was hitting shots that were pretty good, but they were -- instead of being around eight and 10 feet, they were 16 to 20, just a little bit outside of that range where you're going to make them. So I hit some good putts and hit a couple bad swings but got away with a few.

Q. Next question, J.B., about you being a big hitter. The whole grip and rip thing, obviously a lot of guys out there and do it, but the whole wave of it over the last few years has been big -- a lot of people don't like it, they think it's not real golf, just go out and grip it and rip it and then just go after it.

J.B. HOLMES: Well, I mean, that's just because they don't hit it far. They don't -- they're jealous, most of them. You can say that, but I hit 10 fairways today, so I'm not going up there and just flailing it out of bounds somewhere and hitting like that. So the guys that hit it -- you can't play out here on Tour and not hit fairways. So some people just think that we get on the tees and swing as hard as we can. That's not true. Most of the tournaments when I'm playing, I hit about just as many 3-woods as I do driver, so I'm not hitting driver every time. That's just a misunderstanding that people come out here and watch and don't really understand it. There's a few golf courses where it does give you an advantage and sometimes you do choose that, you say I'm just going to hit it over that bunker as hard as I can, but as far as just getting on every hole and doing that, that's not how you keep your card and that's not how you play well.