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Golfer Holmes to undergo brain surgery

Ryder Cup veteran JB Holmes will undergo brain surgery next week in an effort to cure debilitating, vertigo-like symptoms.

JB Holmes is averaging over 318 yards off the tee this season.
JB Holmes is averaging over 318 yards off the tee this season.
Image: Matt Slocum/AP/Press Association Images

AMERICAN GOLFER JB Holmes has banked over €1.4 million this year and notched up five top-ten finishes, but he’s done a great deal of it while suffering recurrent bouts of the dizziness, muscle weakness, headaches, poor vision and poor coordination.

He’s been diagnosed with Chiari malformation, a structural defect of the cerebellum, which is known to manifest a range of symptoms similar to vertigo, and will undergo brain surgery next week.

Currently 66th on the Tour’s FedEx Cup rankings, the big-hitting Kentuckian will forgo playing the PGA Tour post-season in order to undergo the relatively straightforward procedure at John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Speaking to the Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard, the player’s agent, Terry Reilly, claimed that “if everything goes according to schedule, [Holmes] could be hitting balls in a month.”

In conversation with ESPN on Monday, the two-time PGA Tour winner said:

“It’s just such a relief to know that there’s a name for what I’ve been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life.”

Holmes first began experiencing the symptoms at the Player’s Championship in May.

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