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J.B. Holmes is in the hunt at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

J.B. Holmes
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J.B. Holmes

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The Open is right around the corner, but in the mean time the players on the Tour are making the rounds to some random weekend tournaments to get themselves prepared for the final major championship of the year. This weekend, everyone is in Detroit and a bunch of guys are putting up some low scores through 36 holes.

Nate Lashley is 14-under par after his round on Saturday and he leads the field, but just five shots back is former UK golfer. J.B. Holmes, who is currently 54th in the world golf rankings, is at 9-under after 36 holes and is currently in the mix. In the first two days, the 37-year-old posted rounds of 67 and 66 at the par-71 course. Holmes is in the hunt for his sixth career win on the PGA and second of the season following winning the Genesis Open back in February. Not bad for a guy who plays at a notoriously slow pace.

The Campbellsville native has slowly put together a very respectable professional career which is even more remarkable when you remember that he overcame brain surgery back in 2011. Since the comeback, Holmes has been a consistent player in the professional ranks, but he’s still looking to be compete at a high level in the majors.

Holmes hasn’t made the cut in three of his last four majors played and hasn’t finished in the top 20 since the 2017 U.S. Open. The Open is quickly approaching and Holmes qualified for the tournament this weekend due to his standing in the world golf ranking. We will see if he can make an impact at Royal Portrush.

Holmes wasn’t the only former UK golfer in the field this weekend. Chip McDaniel earned a sponsor exemption to get into the field and received an opportunity to play in his third consecutive tournament. After making the cut at the U.S. Open and the Travelers Championship, Chip McDaniel missed the cut up in Detroit after posting a plus-one score after two rounds. A minor setback for a young golfer who really impressed in the last two weeks.

The Big Blue continues to make an impact on the links.

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Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR