Grading the Wells Fargo Championship

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Well I suppose it wasn't exactly what we thought we might get (where art thou, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson?) but we still got a pretty good story on Sunday at Quail Hollow.

J.B. Holmes -- brain surgery survivor and roller blading quitter -- won for the first time on the PGA Tour since he won the Phoenix Open in 2008 in a playoff over Mickelson.

Holmes' surgery in 2011 came at the hands of something called Chiari malformation which causes "structural defects in the cerebellum" and affects balance.

Ironically, Holmes was as steady as anyone atop the leaderboard on Sunday with four birdies to three bogeys for a final-round 71 and an easier-than-it-seems one-stroke win over Jim Furyk.

"It's been a long journey for me," Holmes told CBS Sports' David Feherty after his final round. "I've had some ups and downs. It's a great feeling to be out here and get one done. I'm happy with the way the year is going so far."

He should be.

The big hitter has five other top 25s, a top 10, and just one missed cut on the year. With his payout in Charlotte his season earnings will swell to nearly $2 million.

Here are our grades for the Wells Fargo Championship:

PlayerGradeAnalysis
A A feel-good story for J.B. Holmes. He holed some big boy putts in the final few holes on Sunday. As a result he'll play in his first Masters in seven years next season. Finish: Win
A Justin Rose had a disappointing finish as he double bogeyed the last but still an encouraging tournament in front of the Players Championship next weekend for the Englishman. Finish: 5
B A Saturday 63 from Phil Mickelson was pure magic but he didn't have the goods on Suday with a 76. Amazingly, his streak of zero top 10 finishes this season is still intact. Finish: T11
B Rory McIlroy teased a bit with a 65 on Saturday but couldn't sandwich it with anything special on Friday or Sunday. A good tournament but not a great one. And we need great ones from McIlroy. Finish: T8
C Decent performance from Rickie Fowler but would like to see more from a past champ. Nothing in the 60s until it was too late on Sunday. Finish: T38
F Lee Westwood has had a strange season. His only top 10 was at the Masters and he has two missed cuts in his last four tournaments, including this one. Finish: CUT

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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