If you're looking for Comeback Player of the Year candidates not named Tiger Woods, here's one to consider. After all, brain surgery can be quite a career hurdle. J.B. Holmes, nearing a full recovery after season-ending surgery last fall, considers himself fortunate to have "a second chance" at the game.
Holmes intends to begin that quest at the Jan. 26-29 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego. He concedes he is slightly heavier and his swing a bit slower than before surgery for Chiari malformations, a structural defect in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.
Regaining his strength and speed are the priorities before his PGA Tour debut. He had played a handful of rounds at his home course, Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla., by early January, but had yet to break 70.
"My swing looks good; it's just slower," Holmes said. "I need to build those muscles again and get my speed back."
His swing was about 8 mph slower than before surgery. ...