CARMEL, Ind. — He’ll never forget how it all went down, how he became a child prodigy on the golf course.
It happened in Campbellsville, Ky., a small, main-street town where country music is king and Green River Lake is the place to hang out.
J.B. Holmes’ dad called up the golf coach at Taylor County High School.
What would a kid need to shoot to make the varsity team?
“The coach said, ‘Well if he can shoot around 50 on nine holes,'” Holmes recalled Saturday. “And my dad said, ‘Well, I’ve got a third grader doing that now.’ Coach said, ‘Come on and have him try out.'”
“And it went from there,” Holmes said. The underdog moved right on up and that’s exactly what happened for Holmes Saturday at the BMW Championship.
After coming into the four-day tournament at Crooked Stick ranked 42nd of the 70 players, Holmes finished in third place after Saturday’s third round, shooting a 4-under-par 68 and finishing the day 14-under. He trails leader Dustin Johnson by four and is just one stroke behind the second place finisher Paul Casey.