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Despite slipping back in the field with a 7-over 78 on Sunday, John “J.B.” Holmes brought a lot of excitement to area golf fans at the 96th PGA Championship last weekend at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
It was hard to judge how many Taylor Countians made the trip to the Jefferson County course, but you can bet a majority were there to see their native son.
It’s not often you can see someone you know or someone with a local connection play on the national stage in front of your own eyes.
Whether folks saw a practice round the first three days or one of the four rounds of actual play or just watched it on television, it’ll be awhile before people forget about the 96th PGA and the former Taylor County Cardinal participating.
Holmes is off this week before beginning play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs next week at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J.
Holmes’ huge goal is advance past Deutsche Bank Championship (Norton, Mass.) and the BMW Championship (Cherry Hills, Colo.) to play in the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola (Atlanta) three weeks later. That 30-man cut pays huge dividends for the 2015 season as far as qualifying for events (including all four majors) on the PGA TOUR.
Holmes’ win at Charlotte does put him in the 2015 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga. on April 9-12.
Holmes is currently 36th in FedEx Cup points. The top 125 players make the Playoffs with the best 100 advancing from New Jersey to Boston, the top 70 going from Boston to Colorado before the final 30 head to Atlanta.
Future PGA tournaments
While it’s expected the PGA Championship will return to Valhalla, nothing has been announced or officially said by the golf brass.
The 2015 PGA heads back to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisc. with the next five slated for Springfield, N.J. (Ballustrol Golf Club), Charlotte, N.C. (Quail Hollow Club), St. Louis, Mo. (Bellerive Country Club), Farmingdale, N.Y. (Bethpage Black) and San Francisco, Calif. (TPC Harding Park). The 2021 has not been assigned, but the 2022 PGA will be at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey.
Something will be at Medinah in Chicago in 2021 since the PGA guarantees an event there every six or seven years meaning Valhalla’s best chance for a return PGA Championship is probably 2023.
The Ryder Cup will be at Hazeltine National (Chaska, Minn.) in 2016 and at Whistling Straits in 2020, so the earliest it could return to Valhalla (after being here in 2008) would be 2024.
Next year’s Senior PGA Championship will be in French Lick, Ind. on May 21-24.