Holmes happy with return to health
June 09, 2012 10:50:52 UK
JB Holmes has revealed that he never doubted he would play golf again at the top level after undergoing career-saving brain surgery nine months ago.
JB Holmes is right in the hunt at the FedEx St Jude Classic.
Holmes underwent an operation to remove a small part of his skull last September in order to relieve pressure that was causing vertigo-like symptoms.
Question marks were raised at the time that the 30-year-old would struggle to return to his brilliant, long-hitting best after such major surgery and Holmes spent the early part of this season finding his feet again.
But he showed he has lost none of his shot-making skills at the FedEx St Jude Classic on Friday as he compiled a six-under 64 - the best round of the day - to sit one stroke behind leader Rory McIlroy at the halfway stage.
McIlroy, who recorded a 65 on Friday, is 67.00 to go on and win the tournament, with Holmes 151.00 and Jeff Maggert 51.00.
Holmes told the PGA Tour's website: "I never really let it go more than just a second thinking I might never come back.
"I always say well, I'll be back in January and I'll be a hundred per cent and I won't have these symptoms. That's really the only way I looked at it.
"I knew being dizzy, having headaches and everything that I couldn't keep my card, I couldn't play out here anymore, so I had to get something done.
"So it was almost a relief to find out that the surgery was something that could help the symptoms and everything."
Holmes has been improving virtually every week and, despite his health problems in 2012, has already recorded two top-ten and four top-25 finishes.
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