Trailing by three holes with five to play, the world's No. 1 player made three straight birdies and an eagle. He defeated Holmes 1-up to create a second-round match against Aaron Oberholser.
The day's biggest surprise came when Ernie Els, ranked fourth in the world, became a 6 & 5 victim to Jonathan Byrd. Els had originally said he would not play in this tournament, then changed his mind last week.
Steve Stricker, who has moved past Els into the third spot in the world rankings, eliminated Daniel Chopra on the second extra hole. Chopra defeated Stricker in a playoff to win the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii last month.