2022 Presidents Cup: Max Homa Makes Big Statement at East Lake

Max Homa, Tour Championship,(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Max Homa, Tour Championship,(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

The 2022 Presidents Cup is right around the corner now after the 2021-22 PGA season came to a close this weekend in Atlanta.

Over the next week and a half, United States team captain, Davis Love III will evaluate his options as he gets set to welcome an additional six players onto the U.S. team. These six ‘captain’s picks’ will join those who automatically qualified for the team following the conclusion of the BMW Championship.

The list of automatic qualifiers included world number one, Scottie Scheffler, BMW Champion Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, Justin Thomas, and Tony Finau.

It is almost a certainty that both Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa will fill out two of captain Love’s six picks. That would leave four spots up for grabs after Will Zalatoris’s unfortunate injury.

Four should most certainly be cut down to three spots unaccounted for after Max Homa’s sensational performance at the Tour Championship this past week.

Max Homa makes strong case at East Lake.

The 2021 Genesis Invitational champion has arguably had the best season of his young career to date.

Max Homa won two times this season on the PGA Tour. After winning the season-opening Fortinet Championship last September, Homa added another Wells Fargo title to his trophy case, albeit at a different locale in 2022.

The Californian had strong showings at some of the year’s biggest events, this included a top 10 at the Genesis Invitational and a top 5 at the Memorial Tournament in June.

The 31-year-old got off to a slow start this past weekend at East Lake after opening with a 71 on Thursday, but he was quick to put that in the rearview mirror after a phenomenal 62 during his second round. The scintillating 8-under-par round was the best of the day.

Homa continued to climb up the Tour Championship leaderboard with back-to-back rounds of 66 over the weekend. Max’s eventual 5th place finish at East Lake was his fifth top 5 this season, and surely it was enough to convince captain Love III that he deserves a spot on the U.S. team.

Max Homa had a fantastic season, and even though the Presidents Cup qualification process spans the course of just over three years (Homa finished 10th on the U.S. points list), it will be hard to overlook what the talented young player has done recently.

The two-time Wells Fargo Championship winner has consistently shown up in some of the season’s biggest events and he is a past winner at Quail Hollow Club (2019 Wells Fargo Champion), the site of this year’s Presidents Cup.

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The four-time PGA Tour winner is looking to take part in his first-ever Presidents Cup and after his performance to finish the season he has surely done enough to ensure himself a spot on the team, either way, Homa has made it difficult for Captain Love III to overlook him with the competition just weeks away now.