CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly three years after undergoing brain surgery, J.B. Holmes completed the long journey back to the top, winning the $6.9 million Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday.
Holmes broke clear with three birdies in four holes around the turn, before limping home with two late bogeys to clinch a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk at Quail Hollow.
“This is a big win for me. It’s been a long road,” an emotional Holmes said after sinking a three-foot bogey putt at the last hole to shoot 71 and finish at 14-under-par 274.
Furyk fired a 65 for second place, while Martin Flores (72) bogeyed the last hole to finish two strokes behind.
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, who surged into contention with a third-round 63, was not a factor with a 76 to tie for 11th.
Holmes collected $1.242 million for his third PGA Tour victory. His two previous wins came in the Arizona desert at the Phoenix Open, in 2006 and 2008.
“Since then I’ve had two brain surgeries, broke my ankle, had arm surgery, the list goes on,” said Holmes, 32, who displayed a prized mix of raw power and a deft short game. “I’ve had some ups and downs. To win at a venue like this, with such a good field, I’m ecstatic.”