Former University of Kentucky golfer J.B. Holmes had another 2-under par 69 at The Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland Sunday to finish 6-under par for the tournament and in third place. Of course, that was 14 shots behind winner Henrik Stenson and 11 behind Phil Mickelson.
That’s one reason NBC-TV showed so little of Mickelson during the final round — but it still was no excuse for basically just ignoring him.
Here’s what Holmes said during his post-round press conference Sunday.
Q. How would you assess your week?
JB HOLMES: It was a great week for me. Just tried to just enjoy myself out there and just thank God that I had the opportunity to even play out here and just focused on that. It was a great week for me.
Q. Do you feel (Inaudible).
JB HOLMES: Kind of. I felt like coming into today the best position I could possibly get was third. Played well and ended up doing that way. Yeah, those guys are playing a different golf course from everybody else.
Q. Talk about yesterday. It’s quite a transformation from the Scottish Open.
JB HOLMES: Yeah, thankfully I think I used all my bad luck up last week. Yeah, not getting my clubs in till really late. The first round I shot 80, so it was a frustrating week. But it helped me get adjusted and I got a few rounds of links golf. That was the purpose of coming over early, was to get adjusted to the time and get a few rounds in on some links golf courses. I didn’t achieve that the way I wanted to, but I did achieve that, so the goal was accomplished.
JB HOLMES: It’s different. So, yeah, it was great this week. If the weather wasn’t quite so unpredictable, it would make it a little bit easier to like. But, yeah, it’s a unique test and it’s a lot of fun when I get to come over here and try to do the best I can.
Q. There are some better PGAs to come just around the corner?
JB HOLMES: Yeah, it’s always good to be playing well. We got a week off and then another major. So hopefully I can continue with a good play over to that.