J.B. Holmes Rallies To Win A Marathon Finish At Riviera

Holmes ended the week on 14 under after a final-round 70

Holmes ended the week on 14 under after a final-round 70

Holmes played his way, potentially at the detriment of his group and the pace of play they would prefer, and he won the tournament by a single stroke ahead of Thomas, collecting a cheque for $US1.332 million.

"This is just where J.B. takes so long to get ready, to get the feeling right", Baker-Finch said.

He took 19 putts in a wild back nine that featured three two-shot swings because of putting.

He three-putted the next hole to fall back further, made an 8-foot birdie on the 16th to get with one but couldn't catch up.

"I mean, I'll tell you my thing on slow play is it's never going to change", Scott said.

And the flawless post-script to this whole issue was captured in Holmes' response to the slow play criticism he received after the victory - "I was never even close to being on the clock all week". "In terms of teeing it up this week, it's not like I'm going to be putting my tee in the ground on Thursday and still be pissed off that I didn't win on Sunday, but in terms of little things like whether it's being on a flight or just sitting at home, yeah, it will bother me forever". But it's been a long stretch, and he decided not to play.

Tournament host Tiger Woods, who made the cut with one shot to spare, leaped into the top 15 with a third-round 65. "But I've sped up quite a bit", he said. Woods closed with a 72 in the afternoon, and tied for 15th.

"Those clubs aren't coming out of the travel case. tomorrow's an off day", Woods said after failing once again to get to grips with Riviera, a course he played as a youngster but where he has never lifted the trophy in 12 attempts.

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"I feel like I know what I did". Wind, cold. I was at 10 (under) and I slipped four shots coming in. Holmes fought back against his reputation as one of the PGA Tour's slowest players. Adam Scott was right in the hunt until he missed six consecutive putts from under 10 feet that dropped him out of contention quickly.

"You play in 25-mile-an-hour gusty winds and see how fast you play", he said.

Scott closed with a 76 and tied for seventh.

"It's the way you want to win, come down the end and hit shots and make some key putts".

Si Woo Kim had a 66, the low score of the final round, and finished third.

McIlroy put himself out of position on the 16th but holed a bunker shot to get within two shots of the lead.

No one had a tougher time than Jordan Spieth, whose final round included a birdie, par, bogey, double bogey, triple bogey and quadruple bogey, the latter on the 10th hole when he hit four shots out of bunkers.

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