J.B. Holmes earns third PGA Tour victory at Wells Fargo Championship

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n GOLF

Holmes holds on, captures Wells Fargo

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- More than two years after going through brain surgery, J.B. Holmes is a winner again on the PGA Tour.

Holmes made it harder than he needed to on the final hole at Quail Hollow until rapping in a 3-foot bogey putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory over Jim Furyk in the Wells Fargo Championship. Furyk finished his Sunday-best 65 some two hours earlier.

Jason Bohn had the best chance to catch Holmes. He was one shot behind when he pulled a 4-iron into the water on the par-3 17th, making double bogey. Phil Mickelson never had a chance, missing four putts from the 4-foot range and closing with a 76 to finish out of the top 10.

The victory capped a remarkable turnaround for Holmes, who won for the third time in his career.

He was diagnosed in 2011 with structural defects in the cerebellum known as Chiara malformations, and he had surgery twice -- once to remove a piece of his skull that he still keeps at home, another because of an allergic reaction to the adhesive on the titanium plate at the base of his skull.

Then, he injured his elbow by hitting too many balls in an attempt to return from the brain surgery. He didn't bother having surgery on his elbow until last year, when he was sidelined by a broken ankle and couldn't play, anyway.

Only last week, Holmes earned enough money to keep his card for the rest of the year from a medical extension. Now, he's headed to The Players Championship next week for the richest prize in golf, and more importantly, secured a spot in the PGA Championship this summer in his native Kentucky.

NORTH TEXAS LPGA SHOOTOUT

IRVING, Texas -- There was no near-miss for Stacy Lewis this time.

After six runner-up finishes in her previous 16 tournaments, Lewis took control in the final round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout, shooting a 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory over Meena Lee.

With consecutive birdies at the end, Lewis finished at 16-under 268 and with the LPGA Tour's largest margin of victory since Jiyai Shin won the 2012 Women's British Open by nine.

It was the ninth career LPGA Tour victory for Lewis, her first since August in the Women's British Open, and will boost the Texan from No. 3 to No. 2 in the world ranking.

INSPERITY INVITATIONAL

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Bernhard Langer won the Champions Tour's Insperity Invitational for the third time, closing with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples.

Langer finished at 11-under 205 at The Woodlands to become the 10th 20-time winner on the 50-and-over tour.

The 56-year-old German player also won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. He opened this season with a victory in Hawaii.

Couples, the former University of Houston player who won the 2010 event, finished with a 67. Colin Montgomerie was third at 9 under after a 70.

SOUTH GEORGIA CLASSIC

VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Blayne Barber won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.

n BASKETBALL

Big Ten-Big East

series set for 2015

NEW YORK -- The Big Ten and Big East will begin a series of games in 2015 and the multi-day event will be named for the late Dave Gavitt.

The conferences will have a news conference on Monday to announce the deal. The games will take place the first Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the regular season. The games will be played at home sites, four from each conference.

The first series of the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be at the start of the 2015-16 season. The matchups will be announced.

The Big Ten will continue its challenge with the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Gavitt, a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer, was the founder of the Big East.

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