J.B. Holmes does have a weakness in his golf game. It may not have looked like it Sunday when he dominated the field at the FBR Open, but he's not a complete player yet.
What's the weakness? Simple. He doesn't know how to celebrate a monumental victory, one that made him $936,000 and earned him a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
So what did Holmes do Sunday night in Arizona to celebrate his PGA victory? "We went to a sports bar, had a few burgers, watched a little bit of the game (Super Bowl) and then shut it down," said Sam MacNaughton of SFX Sports.
Of course, MacNaughton said there was a reason for such a short celebration. Holmes stayed at the golf course for an extra three hours honoring every media request he had whether it was local or national.
"He did a bunch of national interviews. His father did as well. This kid is a superstar in the making. I think people sensed that what they saw was just the beginning," MacNaughton said.
Obviously, MacNaughton is thrilled SFX Sports has a client who has won over $1 million in only four tournaments. However, he insists that the play of the former University of Kentucky golfer is not a complete surprise to his agency, or Holmes.
"He thinks all this is very believable. He came to win," MacNaughton said. "I want to say what he did Sunday was unbelievable, but I've known him for a year now and this really is not unbelievable. That's no disrespect to anyone else or trying to overinflate J.B. But he is a special, special talent."
MacNaughton says there is no way to put a price tag on what the win might mean to Holmes. "J.B. is not going to have to worry about money. This win increases his earnings potential in multiples. I would be very hesitant to put a dollar value on it, but now he has a good chance to make the Masters, he's jumped to 77th in the world rankings and he's ninth on the Ryder Cup list. People notice all of those things. And he's only going to get better," MacNaughton said.
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