J.B. Holmes, 29 will not participate in the Barclays Classic in Edison, New Jersey as he was going to because he will be recovering from the brain surgery that he will undergo soon for three months.
The two-time FBR Open winner known for hitting long-distance shots has complained about dizziness and vertigo since May’s Players Championship. After consulting numerous doctors, he has finally been diagnosed with a Chiari malformation, a spectrum of anomalies involving the hindbrain, the part of the brain controlling balance.
The player decided to have surgery at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital on September 1 to address this condition.
Despite the unpleasant diagnosis, the American golfer was just happy to know what was wrong with him after months of wondering what caused his vertigo-like symptoms. Holmes is optimistic and hopes to get his life back after an hour and a half surgery that does not involve high risks.
Holmes made the top 10 in this season’s ten PGA Tour starts before a slump in his performance after the Players Championship.
In the last three tournaments that he played in, the golfer missed to cuts and retired after the first round of the PGA Championship held at Atlanta Athletic Club, blaming his illness.