PACIFIC PALISADES, California – J. B. Holmes is known for two things: long rides and his slow play.
However, Holmes is also the defending champion of the Genesis Invitational, which starts at the Riviera Country Club on Thursday.
"It's my favorite track that we play on tour, so it's always exciting to come here and play this beautiful golf course," said Holmes on Wednesday. "[I’ve] You have good memories so you can go back to a place where you have good memories and enjoy playing. You have good feelings before you start. "
Holmes, who doesn't have a huge physique, has an uncanny distance to the tee. He said he had remembered it ever since he was a teenager who hit it further than anyone else.
"I've always been pretty long for my age group. When we started playing, I hit it about 300 meters when I was 13," he said. “When I was younger, I never felt that anyone could beat it any further than me. I always beat people, but if you go to college and still beat all the really good players, you find that "Wow, maybe I'm really long."
"When I came out on tour, almost everyone felt almost 20 years old."
The funniest hole to be seen on the Riviera this week is the 274-yard par-4 hole, a classic risk-reward hole that entices players to ride the green, but with a devilish one Green, difficult to keep and well guarded by bunkers.
"This is possibly the best par-4 drivable in the world, here on the Riviera, the 10th," said Rory McIlroy on Wednesday. “It's as easy to make a 6 as a 3, but all the statistics suggest that if you choose the green, you will play hole three of a shot lower than if you were up. All statistics indicate that it is a hole. "
However, Justin Thomas said he was more conservative with number 10 – despite the statistical data.
"Personally, I always lay down on this hole," said Thomas. "I'm going to make it that front pen, but I've been lying down since I've been on tour. I mean, as I see it, I'm trying to par on the hole, and if I happen to do a birdie, then I beat the field for the week I would think. "
"I had everything from 4-iron to 6-iron from the tee on the left side of the fairway. It's not a very hard wedge shot as long as you can get your number right. I've always seen it that way. I still have the numbers never looked at because my mistake is correct with a 3-wood or sometimes driver and it is not good up there. I’m just trying to make 4 and maybe spread 3 or 2. "