First he had two brain surgeries in 2011 to relieve pressure caused by a Chiari malformation. Later, he broke his ankle in a roller-blading accident, using the time off to undergo surgery on an elbow injury sustained in a rush to return to the course.
The UK alumnus, however, persevered. On Sunday he was rewarded with his first PGA Tour win since 2008.
Holmes shot a final-round 1-under-par 71 and finished at 14-under, one shot ahead of Jim Furyk to claim the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.
As you'd expect with a story as remarkable as this one, plenty of people are talking about Holmes. Here are a few of the best stories:
Holmes' recovery now complete (Helen Ross, PGATour.com)
Holmes overcomes setbacks for Wells Fargo win (Steve DiMeglio, USA Today)
Holmes wins first PGA Tour event since undergoing brain surgery (AP)
Holmes latest surprise champ (Bob Harig, ESPN.com)
Holmes completes ultimate comeback (Charlotte Observer)
What an awesome weekend for a great guy who has overcome such adversity in recent years. @JBHolmesgolf played with spirit & won with class.-- Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) May 4, 2014
J.B. Holmes wins Wells Fargo for his third career PGA Tour title and first since brain surgery three years ago. What a comeback story.-- Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) May 4, 2014
Thank you for all the kind words, support and thoughts! God truly has blessed me. #WellsFargoChamp-- J.B. Holmes (@JBHolmesgolf) May 5, 2014