Report: Tour pro blasted with BS chants after 'lying and cheating' at scramble!

The five-time PGA Tour winner and two-time U.S. Ryder Cup member later bragged on social media. 

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Wed, 31 May 2023
Report: Tour pro blasted with BS chants after 'lying and cheating' at scramble!

Five-time PGA Tour winner J.B. Holmes was reportedly at the receiving end of some jeers after he played in a scramble under his real name and won. 

As first reported by Ryan French, Holmes took part in the annual six-person scramble at the Franklin Bridge Golf Course in Tennessee. 

Tournament organisers reportedly didn't bat an eyelid when Jonathan Bradley entered into the event, called the 'Gangsome'. 

Per the rules, only two players on the four-man team were allowed to be plus-handicaps. 

Holmes' side led the 22-team field after day one but he was rumbled when the owner recognised his swing on the second day. 

Can we just pause for a moment and ask why it took so long? During his heyday, Holmes was one of the longest hitters. 

French reported that Holmes' team were subsequently ineligible from playing for the money but were able to still compete for the trophy. 

Apparently, their names were crossed out on the leaderboard. The tournament was broken down into 'flights'. 

When Holmes flight was announced in the dinner after the tournament concluded, the crowd is said to have jeered. Others reportedly chanted: "BS!"

One member told French:

"The thing is they didn't break any rules for having a pro on their team. What they did do is lie and cheat their fellow members by signing up Holmes under a different name."

Hilariously, Holmes later took to social media to post a picture of the trophy.

"I did play scrabble under my real name…..John Bradley. It was bring your best team….. and we had the best team," he wrote. 

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Holmes was part of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team that defeated Europe at Valhalla. 

He won 2.5 points for Paul Azinger's side and defeated Soren Hansen 2&1 in the Sunday Singles. 

During his PGA Tour career, Holmes was repeatedly accused of playing too slowly. Brooks Koepka shamed him at the 2019 Open when was filmed taking 10 practice swings before hitting his shot at Royal Portrush. 

Slamming the 'brutally slow' Holmes, Koepka famously blasted:

"When it's your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it. That's where the problem lies. It's not that he takes that long. He doesn't do anything until it's his turn. That's the frustrating part. But he's not the only one that does it out here."

Holmes is now 41 years old. His last PGA Tour victory came at the 2019 Genesis Open. 

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