J.B. Holmes wins the Genesis Open

After a week full of rain delays, early starts, late rounds, and a lot of golf crammed into two days, the Genesis Open concluded on Sunday, which was something that wasn’t a guarantee Thursday afternoon.

Justin Thomas led by five shots entering the final round and it looked like he was in total control. High winds caused Riviera Country Club to play much harder, with gusts reaching 30 MPH.

After a birdie on the 1st hole, Thomas made three bogeys in 8 holes, shooting a two over par, 37. He would make two birdies on the back-nine, but would give away four shots with two bogeys and a double.

Thomas however had a 20-footer on the final hole to force a playoff. The putt slipped by on the left, which resulted in a tap-in par, a 75, and a second-place finish. Holmes on the other hand played some really solid golf in the windy conditions. Holmes birdied the 1st and 3rd hole, and by the 5th whole, Thomas and Holmes were tied.

Holmes took the lead after Thomas four-putted for double bogey on the 13th hole and then took a two-shot lead after Thomas three putted for bogey on 14. Thomas made it interesting and birdied 16 to get within a shot of Holmes going to the par-5 17th.

Thomas pulled his drive left while Holmes put the ball in the fairway. Holmes went for the green and gave himself an eagle bid. Thomas laid up and stuck his second-shot within 10 feet of the cup.  Holmes would three putt for par and Thomas’ birdie putt slipped by on the right.

Both players hit the fairway on the 18th hole. Holmes put his second shot on the front portion of the green, leaving him a long putt for birdie. Thomas put his second shot on the back portion of the green, leaving him 20 feet for birdie. Holmes two-putted for par, shooting a 70, and grabbing his 5th PGA Tour title.

Holmes had not won since the Shell Houston Open, back in 2015.

This win moves him into the 9th spot in the FedEx Cup rankings and earns him a spot in next weeks WGC Mexico Championship, with another packed field (yes, Tiger is playing).

Where did Tiger finish? After shooting a 65 in the third round, Woods shot a very disappointing 1-over par 72 in the final round, leaving him at 6-under and in a tie for 15th.

Jordan Spieth, who led the way after the first day, finished in a tie for 51st. Spieth shot an 81, which is the highest score in his young career. Spieth made one birdie, two bogeys, a double, a triple, and a quadruple bogey.

Yes, it happens to the best of them.

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