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One step at time took Holmes from brain surgery to second Ryder Cup

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

J.B. Holmes had a lot of fans watching him Thursday at the Ryder Cup. (Aaron Rowland Photo)

Q. I was just wondering if you could talk a little bit about where you’re at in your career now, having won again on Tour, Presidents Cup, a Ryder Cup, all of that after the health ailments that you had. Did you ever see yourself in this position after having to deal with all that?

J.B. HOLMES: I mean, I hoped I would get back there. I had some injuries there for years that held me back. I felt like — making these teams and winning tournaments, I felt like that’s something I definitely had the talent to do and I should be doing.

It’s a very difficult game and it’s really difficult to play when you’re injured. I was happy to find out what I struggled with and was able to get it fixed. It was scary at times for sure, but didn’t let it get too far ahead. I just looked at, hey, I’ve got to get this done and work hard to get back. Then I was back, and I was like, okay, now I’ve got to get back to winning.

So just took it in steps. I mean, I didn’t look at, oh, I’m having brain surgery now; four years I’m going to be playing The Ryder Cup. I mean, that’s obviously a goal that you want to do, but you do it in steps. You don’t just take — right there, first step was get the surgery done, get healthy and get back and hit the first tee shot on Tour, and then you progress from there.

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