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By : BGA Proshop
Max Homa is the latest PGA Tour player to claim his first PGA Tour victory in 2019.
Homa was tied with Joel Dahmen and Jason Dufner after 54 holes at the Wells Fargo Championship but walked away with a 3 stroke victory holding off players like Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy.
It has been an up and down career for Homa so far. He won the 2013 NCAA individual championship and was regarded as an up and coming player. He lost his card in 2017 when he made only 2 cuts from 17 starts and was regulated to the Web.com tour in 2018. After a year on the secondary tour he made his way back to the PGA Tour in 2019 and now can call him a winner on the Tour. Not only has he secured his card for the next two years but Homa also walked away with a nice cheque for $1.4 million USD. To cap it off he will make his Masters debut in 2020.
“The only goal I had this year was to make it to the TOUR Championship, so that’s obviously a big boost there,” Homa said. “Moving up that FedExCup’s sweet. The job security’s probably a little sweeter. I know it’s been tough on my family.”
“I told (caddie Joe Greiner) on one of the holes that I felt like I was going to throw up, but my hands felt unbelievable on the club,” Homa said.
“I refuse to give in and I believe that hard work will pay off,” he said. He’s just the fourth player in the last 25 years to win on the PGA TOUR after enduring a season in which they made less than $20,000 in 15-plus events
Homa was never really challenged in the final round but had to play some solid golf to win. He turn two under to take a one shot lead over Dahmen and made birdie on the 11th to get 15 under for the tournament. That is where he stayed as the rest of the field went backwards.
McIlroy was the biggest name behind Homa and was only 2 shots off the lead at the start of the day but failed to fire and a bogey-double bogey on 9 and 10 killed off his round.
Up next is the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest in Dallas, Texas as this is the final tune – up before the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Long Island.