Holmes reports he's out for rest of year
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
J.B. Holmes won't return to PGA Tour play this season in the wake of a broken ankle in March, he announced Tuesday morning.
Holmes said via two posts on his Twitter account, @JBHolmesgolf: "I want to say thanks to all my fans for the support and give an update.
"Rehab is going well but it looks like I am done for the year. I want to make sure I am100% before I get back out there. Thanks for the support."
Holmes originally was expected to miss 8-10 weeks because of the accident, suffered not far from his Windermere, Fla., home, near Orlando. Holmes was rollerblading backward while training when he hit a hole and fell during the week of the nearby Arnold Palmer Invitational. "Just a freak little thing," a public-relations official said at the time.
Holmes, who went to college in his home state of Kentucky, had made one cut this season before the accident, finishing T-50 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He won $1,179,505 in 2012, with two career PGA Tour wins before that.
That million-dollar season proved that Holmes can recover from challenges much bigger than a broken ankle – it came on the heels of brain surgery in 2011, when his season was cut short by vertigo-like symptoms and he had an operation to repair Chiari malformations.
He told Golfweek columnist Jeff Rude at the time, in discussing his rehab from the surgery: "I’m anxious to see if I’ll be a little more calm and easier on myself. I’m excited and really looking forward to getting back. I think it will be a big difference for me, so I’m very optimistic about the upcoming year."
That proved prophetic, indeed.
Since the ankle injury, Holmes has kept his spirits up, it would seem – getting married in the meantime, celebrating a birthday and even making a little fun of his injury perhaps when he tweeted a picture of himself next to a giant skate:
"I found a way to be safe and still do skating. pic.twitter.com/mGK5hRR5Mg"