J.B. Holmes had big plans for his PGA Tour offseason, namely avoiding golf and vegging in front of the TV.
Then Jim Furyk got a wrist contusion and announced late last week that he couldn't play in the Presidents Cup, leading U.S. captain Jay Haas to pick Holmes, who finished 12th in the points standings, with his impromptu third wild-card pick.
“It was a long year and I was just going to take a few weeks off,” Holmes said Monday. “I was going to sit at home and play video games and not play golf.”
Haas made Holmes aware he should be on standby for Furyk on Tuesday, giving the Kentucky-born player the tap on the shoulder on Friday.
“He kept me updated with texts and I finally got the call on Friday morning saying he couldn’t go,” Holmes said. “I felt bad for Jim, I know how much he loves these events, but I was grateful for the opportunity as well.”
Holmes came up just short on points despite winning the Shell Houston Open ahead of the Masters and posting a pair of runner-ups. Haas' son, Bill, finished 11th in points and was given one of two initial wild-card picks. Phil Mickelson got the other.
Though Furyk won't compete, he did make the trip with his wife Tabitha and the team to serve as an assistant captain this week.