Genesis Open: JB Holmes wins as Rory McIlroy finishes fourth

McIlroy chipped in on the 16th hole and was within two shots of the lead
Genesis Launch final leaderboard (US except talked about)
-14: JB Holmes; -13: J Thomas; -12: S Kim (S Kor); -11: R McIlroy (NI), M Leishman (Aus)
Selected others: -6: T Woods; -5: P Casey (Eng); -4: T Fleetwood (Eng); -3: D Willett (Eng); -2: S Garcia (Spa)

Rory McIlroy secured a third successive high-5 attain at a PGA Tour tournament as JB Holmes won the Genesis Launch.

McIlroy, 29, began his final spherical with an eagle and moved factual two shots off the lead after chipping in from a bunker on the 16th.

Nonetheless a par and bogey left him fourth, as Holmes closed out the California tournament.

The American, 36, overturned a four-shot deficit within the final 18 holes as Justin Thomas paid for a four-over par spherical to miss out by a single shot.

Adore McIlroy, 14-time main winner Tiger Woods additionally chipped in from a greenside bunker on the 16th hole all the method through a one-over-par spherical which noticed him attain tied for 15th on six-under total.

Had been Holmes behind play accusations justified?

Holmes had now not won on Tour since claiming the Shell Houston Launch in April of 2015

It was Holmes’ first expend on Tour since 2015 and owed valuable to him dealing with the blustery stipulations and disruptions from unpleasant climate on the Riviera Country Club direction.

Every Holmes and compatriot Thomas played 33 holes on the final day as a results of suspensions to play earlier within the week, with factual half-hour setting apart the pause of their third spherical with the start of their final 18 holes.

And Holmes – who executed on 14-under-par thanks to a one-under final spherical – came upon key putts, critically on the thirteenth when he drained a 12-foot par putt, whereas Thomas considerable four putts to stop out a double-bogey.

“Two three-putts and a four-putt on my abet nine,” Thomas talked about after signing for a four-over 75. “The third putt on 13, I could perhaps well essentially feel the wind coming and I got petrified so I tried to hit it more challenging – and I did hit it more challenging and that is the reason why I overlooked it.”

Holmes, who made seven pars on his final seven holes, described his expend as “huge” but faced criticism from commentators and on social media for behind play.

“You play in 25-mile-an-hour gusty winds and see how fleet you play,” he talked about afterwards. “It is seemingly you’ll now not factual stand up there and whack it when it be blowing that sharp.”

McIlroy’s two-under-par final spherical of 69 noticed him attain tied for fourth with Australia’s Marc Leishman on 11 under.

An eagle on his opening hole supplied early momentum but three dropped shots on the abet nine proved costly.

The Northern Irishman executed in a tie for fifth at each and every the Farmers Insurance Launch on his last PGA Tour start and the Sentry Match of Champions in early January.

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