Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Birthday: April 26, 1982
College: University of Kentucky
Turned Pro: 2005
Birthplace: Campbellsville, Kentucky, USA
Sponsor: Yum, TaylorMade, Cleveland Golf, Srixon Apex Systems, Golf Pigeon, University of Kentucky.
Following his birth in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Holmes played golf while studying at Taylor County High School. His friend from childhood, Brandon Parsons, acts as his caddy. During his time at high school, Holmes played on the Pepsi Junior Golf Tour. After leaving high school, he went on to study at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He represented the United States at the Walker Cup in 2005. Later the same year, Holmes turned professional.
Holmes’ professional career started successfully. He was a medalist at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in 2005. He also tied for 10th place at his first PGA Tour Tournament, the Sony Open in Hawaii, in 2006. That same year he won the FBR Open. This was only Holmes’ fifth tournament as a professional, and only his fourth on the PGA Tour.
Holmes lost form after this win, and he continued to struggle for form through the 2007 season. In 2008, Holmes again won the FBR Open, achieving his second victory on the PGA Tour.
Holmes has a reputation for being a long hitter of the ball. His driving distances are in the range of 300 yards. Therefore, his style of play has always been to use this as an advantage by smashing the ball as hard as possible off the tee.
Holmes successful play at the 2008 Ryder Cup led to both him and team mate Kenny Perry being named Kentuckians of the Year.
As a result of problems with the cerebellum part of his brain, Holmes underwent brain surgery in 2011. He then had to undergo further surgery as a result of an allergy to the adhesive used on the webbed titanium plate that had been placed at the base of his skull. After recovering from the surgeries, Holmes returned to the PGA Tour towards the end of 2012.
After playing 26 PGA Tour events in 2012, Holmes playing was restricted by ankle and elbow injuries in 2013. Holmes won for the first time in six years, at the Wells Fargo Championship. This win meant that he regained his PGA Tour status for 2015-2016.
As of the end of 2014, Holmes had achieved four wins on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money $13,092,209.