The American Max Homa, a good local prodigy, won “his” tournament after a playoff against his compatriot Tony Finau, on the course of the Riviera Country Club in California.
The dream has come true. American Max Homa beat Tony Finau in the playoff to claim his second PGA tour victory in a scenario that top Hollywood writers would have struggled to script. With a Finau on fire in front of him, Max Homa arrived at the 17th hole (par 5) with a birdie to match. But his approach shot got lost in a bunker on the right, leaving him short. A decent exit followed by a string on the putt sent him to the 18th hole, knowing that another birdie could fulfill his childhood dream: to win this PGA Tour round on the course that has seen him grow since. the age of two. Finally, ahead of tournament host and idol Tiger Woods, Homa claimed, nothing less, his second victory on the tour after the Wells Fargo Championship in 2019.
“I’ve watched this tournament my whole life, this is where I fell in love with golf,” said Max Homa, from the nearby town of Burbank. I did not think I would feel this … I hope this is only the beginning, “he added very moved. The 30-year-old player had made a card of 66 before this playoff, without a single bogey, five strokes under par, to finish tied with Finau, who returned him a card of 64.
Finau, 15th player in the world and Homa, 91st, both passed Sam Burns, leader until Sunday morning of this tournament sponsored by Tiger Woods. Burns (27) was excellent Thursday and Friday by equaling, with a total of 130 over two laps, the record set by Davis Love III in 1992, then Mike Weir and Shigeki Maruyama in 2004.
“Sometimes,” said Max Homa of his game, “when you put your creative brain to work, you have to trust your instincts. It’s a bit of the pleasure of golf. It’s not always the fairways and the greens, sometimes you have to be an artist. Fortunately, I stayed classic when I needed it (this week). ”
World number one Dustin Johnson, defending Masters defending champion, surrendered 72, one over par, to finish eighth after starting the day in the lead group two strokes behind Sam Burns.
Final classification Sunday at the end of the fourth round won by Max Homa after a par on the second hole of the playoff (par 71):
1. Max Homa (USA) -12 (66-70-70-66)
2. Tony Finau (USA) -12 (71-67-70-64)
3. Sam Burns (USA) -11 (64-66-74)
4. Cameron Smith (AUS) -9 (69-68-71-67)
5. Jon Rahm (ESP) -7 (70-69-72-66)
. Viktor Hovland (NOR) -7 (71-69-70-67)
. Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG) -7 (66-71-69-71) … etc.
The complete ranking with Figaro Golf.