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J.B. Holmes wins Wells Fargo Championship

A long time coming it may have been, but that won’t matter to J.B. Holmes after he finally put both hands around a third career title following success at the Wells Fargo Championships.

The American’s last victory came at the FBR Open in 2008, but since then he’s had to endure a frustrating six-year hiatus from claiming silverware. A final score of 14 under par for the week at the Quail Hollow Golf Club must have been a great relief.

Holmes was overnight leader and managed to hold off a series of challengers from those trailing behind. The 32-year-old played a patient, steady game on the final day which served him well, dropping only one shot before making a few errors late on when the pressure began to mount. A one-under par 71 secured the victory in the end, and the realisation of what he had achieved finally sank in.

Elsewhere, Justin Rose could not match his form on Thursday and Friday which had elevated him to the top of the leaderboard – shooting a 71 for the second consecutive day over the weekend – leaving him languishing in fifth place.

The revival of Rory McIlroy was on show once again as he continued to impress upon those around him just how close he is to fully charged. Unfortunately for the Northern Irishman there was to be no grand finish as he fell away and had to settle for a tie in eighth place. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson’s promise that he’d have a ‘good day’ on the final round was not to be after shooting a three over par 76 and slipping back to tie for eleventh.

“It’s been a long journey for me,” Holmes said after the game. “I’ve had some ups and downs. It’s a great feeling to be out there and to get one done.”