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Comment from: John Z [Visitor]
Al, I remember Bobo's no-hitter quite well. I don't believe he ever won another game. I was a 23-year-old newly-wed at that time. JB has a long way to go to be a super star, but he is on the right track. His stellar performance at the Q school was certainly no fluke, and he has shown a lot of game to this point. And he HAS demonstrated the ability to win at the highest level, something that a certain unnamed female golfer with a lot of hype has NOT shown. Many experts and students of the game have given JB the can't miss tag, but we'll just have to wait and see, something that Norman and some others don't want to do with that certain unnamed miss.
2006-02-07 @ 09:17
Comment from: Max [Visitor]
Why do you have to throw in the wise cracks about Red Man and a "goofy, country grin" when writing about Holmes? JB is a great representative of Kentucky and his small town of Campbellsville. Maybe your blog should be advertised by Rogaine.

True, no one should be comparing JB to Snead and Tiger just yet, but Lebron sure has lived up to the MJ billing. Let's hope we are saying the same about JB over the next couple of years.
2006-02-07 @ 10:40
Comment from: trip [Visitor]
Al--J.B. Holmes recent success is not shocking to those that truly love and follow golf. He was a 3-time All American in college, winning multiple national collegiate tournaments and carrying perenial SEC doormat Kentucky to the SEC championship. We all know what he did at Q-school, but don't forget that he went undeafeted in the Walker Cup carrying his team to victory. His fast start this year and dominating victory at the FBR is not suprising given his tremendous length(his name is John Holmes after all) and aggresive style. He's no Tiger or Snead and anyone selling him as such at this early stage of his career is crazy, but he is no Bobo Holloman either. Could he be another Johhny Miller, of course, but I would bet agaimst it. Also, please enough with the Kentucky good ol'e boy cracks, his strong family ties and modest upbringing will serve him well on tour. Going after overhyped winless players seems fair enough to me, but now we are taking shots at a player who has just won his first tournamnent and reached the million dollar milestone faster than anyone in the history of golf.
2006-02-07 @ 10:54
Comment from: Bangkok Al [Visitor]
I am not taking shots at J.B. Holmes. I'm just saying let's wait and see what he does for a few years before we start assigning greatness to him. Sure, he's very promising, but it does a disservice to a young man by putting that superstar expectation on him at the start of his career.
2006-02-07 @ 12:35
Comment from: Holt [Visitor]
Calling a guy a chewing tobacco model, saying that he has a goofy country boy grin and expounding on his lack of understanding about the vagaries of life and then comparing him to famous flops in the sports world...I'm sure glad you're not taking any shots at him. I agree with your premise of not annointing him the next coming of Tiger, but we should at least give him his due for his terrific start.
2006-02-07 @ 12:54
Comment from: John [Visitor]
Agreed. Now can we apply the same logic to Michelle Wie?
2006-02-07 @ 16:25
Comment from: Holt [Visitor]
I wish Wie's fans and the media would have waited before assigning greatness to her, but alas that cat is already out of the bag. This kid just crushed a field containing half of the world's top ten and we are questioning his ability and his future, Michelle last crushed a field of surfer bums in Hawaii and she is the future of golf. The future of golf are players like Holmes, Villegas and dozens of others who carry their irons as far as Wie hits her driver.
2006-02-07 @ 19:07
Comment from: RonMon [Visitor]
There is a blurb in the recent golf digest that mentions JB's less-than-50% chance of keeping his card. Crappy timing for them.
2006-02-07 @ 22:17
Comment from: Bangkok Al [Visitor]
Mickey Mantle had a goofy country boy grin that was commented upon all the time. What's so terrible about that? I compared him to famous flops? Johnny Miller had a fine career, and for the most part so has Steve Jones. It's just that their careers didn't quite match unrealistically high expectations, so let's wait and see with Holmes. He had a fantastic tournament in Scottsdale. I think we're all intrigued, but let's not overdo it. As for the Red Man allusion, I agree it wasn't very fair. It's a lingering image of my earliest exposure to Southerners via the news media.
2006-02-07 @ 23:08
Comment from: WD [Visitor]
I take offense to the nature of your article. I am a friend of JB and live in Campbellsville. I don't care for the "goofy" comment or the "Redman" endorsement. JB is a grounded individual with strong values. He will be heard for a LONG while. Al, it worked out pretty nice for Mr. Miller didn't it?
2006-02-12 @ 14:15
Comment from: ABD [Visitor]
I am also from Campbellsville and the comments that were made about JB were offensive. I attended church with him and everyone has always known that he will go straight to the top.
You will meet some of the nicest people in the South and if that means we are goofy and country, so be it. I have met some of the rudest people in the northern states, and I have hardly ever ran into a rude person in the south.
Thanks to WD for also standing up for our hometown boy!

2006-02-15 @ 12:54
Comment from: Faye [Visitor]
What did you mean you were not taking shots at J.B.? Have you spoken of everyone on the PGA Tour in such a way when they began? I cannot believe the disgraceful way you have addressed him. Had you analyzed his game would have been one thing, but to address an individual whom you do not know in such a way is unforgiveable. Your implications of country boy and tobacco are surely a direct hit for anyone who lives in the state of Ky. In fact your comments are probably all Ky. directed.
J.B. has certainly had his ups and downs in golf since the FBR, but he is still the same fantastic, well liked and respected individual as he was before he even qualified for the PGA Tour.
We are very proud of you J.B. Keep on being yourself!
2006-06-28 @ 13:18

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