By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentuckian J.B. Holmes hopes he can help the U.S. win the Ryder Cup just like he did in 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
“We are really excited. It should be a lot of fun. All the people on the team are a lot of fun. It will be a great dynamic week,” said Erica Holmes, J.B. Holmes’ wife. “We were hoping he would get picked, but it was still definitely a great surprise. We are very happy and grateful for the opportunity to go out there to win back the Ryder Cup.”
Holmes, a Taylor County native, was a three-time All-American at Kentucky and is in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. He was fourth at the Masters and third at the British Open this year.
The Ryder Cup will be Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
“I think he will probably appreciate it even more this time since he is a little bit older,” his wife said. “It’s a whole different experience. He loves being with the guys on the team. It’s nice because normally you don’t get to spend that much time with the golf group. The Ryder Cup team dynamic creates a whole atmosphere you do not get on the tour. You are not trying to beat each other. You are trying to beat another team.
“On the tour, we will go out on occasion with other players and their wives, but you really don’t have a whole bunch of time to be around one another and pull for each other’s husbands as hard as we will this week. We get to walk the golf course together and cheer for 12 players with our whole heart and soul.”
She’s expecting Kentuckians to again be around to support her husband just as they did in 2008.
“The support he gets from Kentucky is so important to him,” Erica said. “The fans are what makes the Ryder Cup what it is. Being from Kentucky, he loves to know all the Kentuckians are rooting for him and there’s no doubt there will be Kentuckians at the Ryder Cup again.”
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