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UNITED STATES - APRIL 13: J. B. Holmes during the first round of the 2006 Verizon Herizon Heritage Classic Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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. ...
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