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HOLMES J.B. Holmes arrives at Albany having had one of his more remarkable PGA TOUR seasons with four top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-five performances at the Masters and Open Championship. Golf success notwithstanding, what is equally as special about the current season was Holmes’ honor as the recipient of the Ben Hogan Award. Presented by the Golf Writers Association of America, the annual award is given out as recognition for someone staying active in golf despite a physical handicap. In the case of Holmes, it’s a reminder of the serious vertigo-like symptoms that cut short his 2011 season. After being diagnosed with structural defects in the cerebellum, the Kentucky native underwent brain surgery at Johns Hopkins University to repair Chiari malformations. Five years later, Holmes is stronger than ever, starting with this year’s Masters. Making his third start, Holmes overcame three opening rounds in the 70s with a final-round, 4-under 68 to claim a tie for fourth with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. He overcame three straight bogeys on holes 2-4 on Sunday with seven birdies en route to his best finish on the Tour since a tie for fourth at the 2015 BMW Championship. After placing tied for fourth at the Memorial with a 13-under 275, Holmes followed up a month later with one of his strongest showings at the Open Championship where he advanced to the weekend for just the third time in eight starts. Holmes shot 6-under 278 at Royal Troon and finished in third place, 11 strokes behind Phil Mickelson.
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