Originally written on Arm Chair Golf Blog  |  Last updated 10/20/11

UNITED STATES - APRIL 13: J. B. Holmes on the 12th tee during the first round of the 2006 Verizon Heritage Classic Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
J.B. Holmes at the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head in April.J.B. HOLMES IS RECOVERING FROM brain surgery performed on September 1. The 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup star had a quarter-sized piece of his rear skull removed to alleviate pressure on his brain. Holmes is on schedule for a full recovery and told Jeff Rude of Golfweek that he kept the piece of bone to remind himself “how lucky I am to be where I am and have a second chance.”Rude reported that the Campbellsville, Kentucky, native also got outfitted with something else as a result of the surgery: As part of the procedure, a piece of titanium was inserted into his skull. That means he not only has that light but strong metal in his driver, but also his head.“It should give me 5 extra yards,” cracked Holmes, who doesn’t need the yardage, considering he has ranked in the top 7 in driving distance in each of his six PGA Tour seasons, including first this year at 318.4 yards.Holmes started experiencing vertigo in May and had headaches and...
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