J.B. Holmes is an American professional golfer who is currently ranked 9th on the Official World Golf Ranking. He has won numerous tournaments, including winning two majors (2012 U.S. Open, 2015 PGA Championship). Holmes started playing golf at the age of 8 and joined his first competitive team in eighth grade at the local country club in Waco, Texas which had a four-hole course with lighted teeing grounds for them to practice their swing before matches began on Fridays after school.
J.B. Holmes was born on April 26, 1982. He was born as John Brett Holmes in Waco, Texas to parents: Curtis Holmes Sr. and Sally Joanne Holmes. His father, a construction worker was his first coach and gave him the swing basics like grip and stance when he was around 8 years old. John’s father took him to the first practice with a competitive team at Shattuck-St Mary’s golf squad in Faribault, Minnesota at the age of 13 where he became known for his short game skills such as putting and chipping for which he won most of his junior tournaments.
Playing Career (2000–Present)
He started playing golf at the age of 8 and joined his first competitive team in eighth grade at the local country club in Waco, Texas which had a four-hole course with lighted teeing grounds for them to practice their swing before matches began on Fridays after school. He won his first junior tournament – “The Whipper Snapper” at Robinson Ranch Golf Course. Holmes received scholarship offers from the top NCAA Division I golf programs, but chose to begin his college career at Murray State University (Murray, Kentucky) where he was an All-American Honorable Mention in 2002.
He won many tournaments during his college career, which included being the individual champion at the 2002 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship in which he was awarded the Ben Hogan Award. He turned pro after his junior season (2002–2003) and played on mini-tours until he received a special temporary membership on the PGA Tour in 2005.
While struggling with vertigo during the 2011 season, Holmes received treatment from Dr. Brian Shaw who recommended that if he wanted to continue with the sport of golf, he should receive surgery for BPPV. Holmes underwent surgery for BPPV in November of 2011 and was prescribed medication to treat it, including anti-nausea medicine. He had previously undergone surgery for the condition when he was eight years old.
In a 2007 interview with ESPN, Holmes stated that “my (then) girlfriend and I broke up because she wanted me to quit golf and move to Florida.” In the same interview, he mentioned how he had gone on an 18-tournament losing streak. During the 2009 PGA Tour season, his nickname was “Dead Eye”, given by sports reporters who noted that he frequently made crucial long putts. Although Holmes is from Dallas, Texas, he is a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has a home in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall and also owns property in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. He married Erica Palmer on October 8, 2011 in Conway, South Carolina.
During his 2011-season, he began experiencing symptoms of vertigo and was diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). He underwent surgery for BPPV in 2001 and was prescribed medication to treat the condition which included anti-nausea medicine. Two years later, he was undergoing routine surgery on his left wrist when doctors discovered another problem. J.B. Holmes had an Arnold Chiari type I malformation in which there is a malpositioning of the cerebellum portion of the brain and spinal cord below the skull base. It is a fairly common condition that occurs when there are anatomical variations. Holmes received treatment by Dr. Allen Taylor who performed a posterior fossa decompression via laminectomy during the surgery in November of 2011.
Erica Palmer-Holmes is an American professional golfer who is married to J.B. Holmes. She plays under her maiden name in the LPGA Tour and under her married name in other tours as well as the PGA Tour. Erica was born on December 20, 1982 in Tyler, Texas and grew up in the nearby suburb of Rockwall where she began playing golf at age five after getting hit by a golf ball during a family outing.
The couple has a son, Tucker, born in April 2015. In 2015, J.B. and Erica began a foundation that would serve as a platform to assist families who have children who have been diagnosed with autism. The foundation was established in honor of their son Brooks who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
Holmes is 5 ft 11 in (180 cm) tall.
J.B. Holmes – Net Worth Holmes
has an estimated net worth of $29 million.
J.B. Holmes has earned more than $23 million winnings on the PGA Tour. He is one of the most consistent golfers on the PGA Tour and he is a real fan favorite as he shares his life with his fans through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Holmes’ wife, Erica Palmer-Holmes is a professional golfer who plays under her maiden name in the LPGA Tour and under her married name in other tours as well as the PGA Tour.
J.B. and Erica began a foundation that would serve as a platform to assist families who have children who have been diagnosed with autism. The foundation was established in honor of their son Brooks who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
J.B. Holmes’ family is very active on social media, making many videos that he uses to interact with his fans through twitter, instagram and facebook. Follow them!