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JB Holmes to have Brain Surgery

J.B. Holmes will miss out on the rest of the 2011 golfing calendar, including this year’s Barclays, because of brain surgery, which he will undergo next month.

The Kentucky native was diagnosed with structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance.

Having suffered from dizzy spells and vertigo-like symptoms since May, Doctors discovered last week that Holmes has Chiara malformations and needs surgery.

The 29-year-old is set for his operation on September 1 at the John Hopkins University Hospital.

“"I know when people hear 'brain surgery' it conjures up all kinds of images, but this a relatively low-risk surgery and only takes about an hour and a half," Holmes said.

He added that he felt he would be able to return to competition about three months after the surgery.

Holmes won the 2006 FBR Open a year after turning professional, making him the fastest golfer to reach $1 million in career earnings on the PGA Tour.

He repeated his success at the same tournament two years later, and was a member of the winning 2008 Ryder Cup team.

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