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Former Kentucky Wildcat J.B. Holmes named to U.S. Ryder Cup team

Former Kentucky men’s golf All-American J.B. Holmes was named to the 2016 United States Ryder Cup roster, captain Davis Love III announced on Monday.

The Ryder Cup is slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

It marks the second time in Holmes’ career he will suit up for the U.S.A. He was a member of the 2008 team that took home the crown from the Valhalla course in Louisville – which is also the last time the U.S. was crowned champions.

“I was very excited,” Holmes said in an interview with GolfDigest. “It’s been one of my main goals all year. Some of my greatest memories in golf are from the Ryder Cup at Valhalla.”

Holmes joins Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker on the 12-man team. Love III has one remaining captain’s pick to complete the team. 

The Campbellsville, Ky., native is 10th in total PGA tour points and has two top-five finishes in majors this season, including a career-best third-place finish at the British Open in July. Holmes solidified his selection to the team with a fourth-place finish on Sunday at the BMW Championships to qualify for the Tour Championship.

Holmes currently ranks No. 28 in the world and has earned more than $2 million in 21 events for the season. He has racked up seven top-10 finishes this season, including a fourth-place finish at The Masters and a third-place showing at The Open Championship. He has four career tour victories and 34 all-time top-10 finishes.

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