Max Homa came into the Genesis Invitational having made five straight cuts, including a tie for seventh a week ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Credit a newly discovered ability to be self aware for Homa.
Presently, acknowledge Homa for a second PGA Tour title. Furthermore, it’s a major one for the Los Angeles local: the primary spot check is useful for $1,674,000 and with it comes a three-year PGA Tour exception.
On Sunday, Homa gave pursue from ahead, playing in the second-to-last gathering at Riviera Country Club. At the point when 54-opening pioneer Sam Burns missed the fourteenth opening, Homa moved into a tie for the lead at 11 under. Homa kept intruder off his last round scorecard while piling up five birdies, remembering one for the seventeenth opening to get to 12 under.
Tony Finau was at that point in the clubhouse subsequent to shooting a last cycle 64—tied for low round of the week—to get to 12 under. Homa striped his tee shot on 18 a huge 339 yards and afterward stuffed his way to deal with a back pin to around four feet. One more birdie would win it.
Yet, Homa lipped out on the left side to complete guideline at 12 under.
He discussed that short miss after his round.
“This morning my wife gave me a piece of advice, there were a few bullet points, one of them was forgive quickly. She called me after, told me to do that and it was kind of perfect because I played a pretty perfect round of golf, very flawless, so what was there to be too mad about. I was about to be in a playoff at the place I first fell in love with golf.”
So off to a season finisher they went, Homa v. Finau, beginning the renowned tenth opening at Riviera.
After Finau drove his ball to one side of the green, Homa stopped his tee shot facing a tree. Be that as it may, he figured out how to get a decent swipe at the ball and thump it up on the green.
A hell of a play there for Homa, who might miss the birdie putt however watched Finau additionally miss his birdie attempt, so on to the fourteenth they went.
On the standard 3 opening, Finau pulled his ball in the left greenside fortification, while Homa hit the green, his ball halting around 12 feet away. Homa missed his birdie attempt yet then Finau, confronting an almost indistinguishable putt, likewise missed, giving Homa the success.
For the old neighborhood fellow, this positions above all the other things.
“1-A, 1-B, 1-C. I don’t know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this. Just for me, for my caddie Joe, we were raised 25 miles north of here. I mean, Tiger Woods is handing us a trophy, that’s a pretty crazy thought. We grew up idolizing him, idolizing Riviera Country Club, idolizing the golf tournament. To get it done, it’s almost shocking,” Homa said. “It feels like it just can’t be topped just for me.”
Homa opened the week with a 66 and afterward presented back-on back 70s to get into dispute. The Genesis denotes his first Tour triumph since the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.
What did he and Woods talk about at the prize introduction?
“I told him I was embarrassed I missed a shortie in front of the most clutch athlete ever,” Homa said of his putt in regulation on 18. “But that was a surreal moment. I have looked up to Tiger my entire life, and to be standing anywhere with him let alone with the trophy in between us was pretty cool.”
Finau came into the Genesis riding a hot streak. He posted a performance fourth at the American Express one month back, a tie for second at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines the following week and afterward a tie for second at the Saudi International fourteen days prior.
“Right now I’m disappointed,” Finau said after the playoff. “But man, I shot 64 today on a day where I needed to just to get into the playoff. I think as I look back on the week in the next couple days there’s going to be a lot to grow from. Today’s round was pretty special. I was able to make some key putts in regulation just to keep myself in it. Yeah, you know, I fell short, but I take a lot of positives.”
Sam Burns, meaning to go wire-to-wire at Riviera, had a three-shot lead on Homa and Finau after he birdied the 10th however he floundered down the stretch with intruder on Nos. 12, 14 and 15. He birdieed 17 yet parred 18 to miss the season finisher by a shot to complete performance third at 11 under.
Cameron Smith completed performance fourth at 9 under. Jon Rahm, who stayed and followed the season finisher, completed tied for fifth at 7 under alongside Viktor Hovland and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson shot a last cycle 72 to complete at 6 under close by Wyndham Clark, Matt Jones and new Riviera part Francesco Molinari.
Different notables: Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay, T-15; Rickie Fowler T-20, his best completion this season and his best completion since a T-15 at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational last August; Jim Furyk, T-26; Brooks Koepka and safeguarding champ Adam Scott, T-38; Collin Morikawa, T-43.
Climate conditions on Sunday were just about awesome, a glaring difference to the high breezes and quick green the players experienced on Saturday, which saw a four-hour postponement to the stormy conditions.
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