More than two years after going through brain surgery,
Holmes made it harder than he needed to on the final hole at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C., until rapping in a three-foot bogey putt for a one-under-par 71 and a one-shot victory over
Jason Bohn had the best chance to catch Holmes. He was one shot behind when he pulled a 4-iron into the water on the par-three 17th, making double bogey.
The victory capped a remarkable turnaround for Holmes, who won for the third time in his career.
He was diagnosed in 2011 with structural defects in the cerebellum known as Chiara malformations, and he had surgery twice — once to remove a piece of his skull that he still keeps at home, another because of an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the titanium plate at the base of his skull.
Then, he injured his elbow by hitting too many balls in an attempt to return from the brain surgery. He didn't bother having surgery on his elbow until last year, when he was sidelined by a broken ankle and couldn't play, anyway.
Only last week, Holmes earned enough money to keep his card for the rest of the year from a medical extension. Now, he's headed to
"It's been a long journey for me," Holmes said. "I've had some ups and downs. It's a great feeling to be out there and to get one done."
His only other victories were in the
Stacy Lewis shot a seven-under 64 on Sunday to win the North Texas
Lewis finished at 16-under 268, six strokes ahead of Meena Lee. That is the largest margin of victory on the
It was the ninth career LPGA Tour victory for Lewis, and will boost the Texan from No. 3 to No. 2 in the world ranking.
Lewis made a putt from about 25 feet off the fringe at the 540-yard seventh for an eagle. She followed that with consecutive birdies to make the turn at 14 under and up by three strokes.
Chile's Felipe Aguilar won The Championship at Laguna National in Singapore, holing out for eagle from 142 yards on the par-4 18th hole for a 10-under 62 and a one-stroke victory.
Aguilar played the back nine in eight-under 28 and finished at 22-under 266. He birdied the par-five 15th and holed a 10-foot putt for another birdie on the par-three 17th.
Aguilar also won a European Tour event in Indonesia in 2008. American David Lipsky, who had a final-round 65, and Denmark's
Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta for his first
The 24-year-old former Auburn player had a 15-under 273 total at Kinderlou Forest. He earned $117,000 to jump from 29th to sixth on the money list with $155,257. Alex Prugh was second after a 67.