J.B. Holmes wins Wells Fargo Championship by a shot

Final Round – PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship – Quail Hollow Golf Club – Charlotte, North Carolina –

J.B. Holmes held on to his 54-hole lead at the Wells Fargo Championship to win for the first time since 2008 on the PGA Tour.

The victory was his third career triumph and first since brain surgery and other injuries that delayed the long-hitter’s promising career. Holmes shot a final-round 71 to card a 14-under tally.

Jim Furyk shot 7-under-65 to finish runner-up at 13-under. It was his 26th career runner-up effort on the PGA Tour. Martin Flores ended up third, while Jason Bohn recorded a fourth-place effort.

U.S. Open champion Justin Rose rounded out the Top 5 at Quail Hollow Golf Club.

All eyes were on Phil Mickelson Sunday after his third round 63. But, Phil failed to mount a charge shooting 76 for a T-11 finish. He is still without a Top 10 this season on the PGA Tour.

For Holmes, he had slipped to 242nd in the Official World Golf Rankings heading into Charlotte. He earned his card on a major medical exemption thanks in part to a strong effort last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Holmes, who once won Q-School more than a decade ago, rode a hot putter all week. He averaged just 24 putts per round through 54 holes. The 32-year-old birdied No. 8, 10 and 11 to seize control and held on after bogeys on two of the last three holes.

He was a 66-to-1 selection at to win the title heading into the week.

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  • Felipe Aguilar (22-under) won the European Tour’s The Championship in Singapore with a 2-2 finish to card a 62. He edged his closest competitor by a shot. The 66-1 pick heading into the week was 209th in the Official World Golf Rankings before the win.
  • Bernhard Langer (11-under) won his 20th career Champions Tour title capturing the Insperity Invitational. He was a stroke better than Fred Couples, while Colin Montgomerie ended up solo third.
  • Brendon de Jonge opened his week at Quail Hollow with an 80. But, he rallied with rounds of 62-68-69 to record a T-6 effort.