Holmes recovering nicely from brain surgery

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J.B. Holmes is recovering nicely from surgery, according to his agent Terry Riley, who was with Holmes at Johns Hopkins (in the Washington D.C. area) on Thursday for Holmes' surgery to relieve pressure on his cerebellum.

Holmes, a two-time PGA Tour winner, was diagnosed with Chiari malformations, a structural defect on his cerebellum last month. The 29-year-old has not played golf since the PGA Championship, when he withdrew after a first-round 80.

“We’re very pleased with the results,” Riley said on Saturday. “There was significantly more pressure than the MRI showed.”

Still in the hospital, Holmes will likely be released on Monday, but will stay in a hotel in the Baltimore area for most of next week for observation before returning to his home in Orlando.

The plan for Holmes' return to the PGA Tour is that he can chip and putt in 30 days, play golf in 60 days and return to competitive golf in 90 days. Whether he remains on that schedule is unclear, although it is likely that Holmes will return to the Tour by playing in a non-marquee event.

Riley said he is very excited about his prospects after the surgery.

“He wants to get back in fighting condition.”

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