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By : BGA Proshop
Max Homa wins the Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, in a playoff over Tony Finau.
Tour rookie Sam Burns started the day with a 2 shot lead and maintained that through 9 holes of his final round. Unfortunately, 3 bogeys on the back nine took him out of contention as Finau and Homa were bearing down on the overnight leader.
This was Finau’s 10th runner up finish since winning the Puerto Rico Open five years ago. He looked set for his first win since then as he was solid the whole day. Finau went out in 31 and home in 33 posting a 7 under 64.
Homa was playing in the group behind him not only closed with a 5-under 66, but he also played the final 26 holes without a bogey.
In a remarkable turn of events, Homa missed a 3-foot birdie putt in regulation to win the tournament and ended up in a playoff with Finau.
On the first playoff hole, Homa’s driver rested inches anyway from the tree and it all but looked playable. Somehow he managed to get it on the green and the pair both made par and went to the next hole.
When Finau failed to get up and down from the bunker Homa claimed his second PGA Tour victory.
“I've been watching this tournament my whole life,” Homa said, choking back emotions before he said, “Wow. I didn't think it would be like this. ... The city of Champions -- Dodgers, Lakers, me now. It’s a weird feeling."
“You're not supposed to miss a 3-footer in front of Tiger Woods,” Homa said. “I saw him yesterday and was too scared to talk to him. But he's forced to talk to me now.”