As Sunday play continued at the Northern Trust, Max Homa found himself unable to do anything to affect his playoff fortunes.
Max Homa found himself in a unique, and helpless, situation on Sunday at the Northern Trust. Homa found his FedEx Cup destiny in the hands of a number of other players. And there was nothing Homa could to about it.
Homa, who is an outstanding follow on Twitter, started the week in 57th place in the FedEx Cup playoff standings. He appeared to be in pretty good shape to advance to next week’s BMW Championship, as the top 70 players in the standings following the Northern Trust would qualify.
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However, Homa did not have a good couple of days at TPC Boston this week. His Thursday round saw him make three birdies and a bogey on the way to a 2-under par 69.
Then on Friday, Homa got to 2-under par through five holes and appeared to be on his way to making the cut. Even after a bogey at the ninth hole, he was still inside the cut line with nine holes left to play.
But his Friday back nine is one that Homa would like to have back. Homa made bogeys on the 11th and 12th holes to slip to 1-over par on his round. He bounced right back with consecutive birdies at the 13th and 14th holes and was back to 1-under on the day.
If Homa could have finished at that score, he would make the cut on the number. He parred the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to stay at 1-under.
Then, playing the par-5 18th hole, one of the easier holes on the course, Homa pulled his drive into the native area on the left. He pitched out into the fairway, then hit his approach into the greenside bunker.
From there, Homa pitched onto the green, but missed his par putt and settled for a disappointing bogey. It turns out that a par would have gotten Homa to the weekend.
As that weekend developed, Homa found himself as the player on the playoff cut line. His standing would vacillate all afternoon on Sunday, depending solely upon the play of others. Homa was powerless to affect his own destiny.
Ultimately, Homa ended up in 68th place in the standings and advanced to the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs. While Homa is undoubtedly excited to advance, it would have been much easier on him if he had controlled his own destiny by making the cut this week. Nevertheless, things worked out in Homa’s favor.