Pacific Palisades, CA – J.B. Holmes captures his first victory of the year on a rare, poor weather weekend in Southern California at the 2019 Genesis Open. The annual tournament is hosted by Tiger Woods, who also played quite well over the weekend.
Thursday’s rain at Riviera Country Club halted play and with so few players actually having hit shots on the course, the PGA decided to restart the first round. Eventually the rain let up enough where play resumed (or restarted) but darkness would push into Friday morning. Justin Thomas and Adam Scott shared the lead at the end of Friday where darkness, again, forced a round 2 delay into Saturday morning.
Saturday’s marathon gave way to a loaded leaderboard. With Thomas and Scott leading the charge, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth weren’t far behind. Tiger Woods also made some noise in his third round by starting off birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie and jumping up the leaderboard. Ultimately darkness pushed the end of round 3 into Sunday morning.
Sunday began early with the completion of round 3 and then proceeding with double tee start times for the final round. Justin Thomas finished his 3rd round strong with a 4-shot lead over J.B. Holmes and Adam Scott. At 17-under par, Thomas’ putter began to struggle while J.B. Holmes’ started to heat up. Thomas 3-putted the 13th and 14th greens to lose the lead. Unfortunately for Thomas, he would never get it back. Holmes didn’t need anything special coming down the stretch, but was even-par his last 7 holes in a gusty back nine. With a four-footer left for his par on 18 and a trophy on the line, Holmes drained the putt and gave a quick fist pump.
This is Holmes’ 5th win on the PGA Tour and first victory since 2015. J.B. has chosen to forego his pass into next week’s WGC event in Mexico but plans to play in the Masters where he also earned an invitation to with his win at Riviera.
J.B. Holmes WITB
Driver: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 10.5 degrees, (Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83X)
3-wood: TaylorMade M2 HL 16.5 degrees, (Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 93X)
Wedges: Cleveland RTX 4 (50, 54, 60 degrees) (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV