2022 CJ Cup: Top 10 Power Rankings at Congaree

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Max Homa, 2022 Presidents Cup, Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

Max Homa is starting to dominate like he did in his amateur days. The former NCAA champion at Cal-Berkeley struggled early on as a pro, but those days are well behind him at this point.

He’s up to a quintet of career PGA Tour wins after chipping in on the 72nd hole to defend his title at the Fortinet Championship last month. If that wasn’t enough, he proceeded to go 4-0-0 to help his American side win the Presidents Cup on home turf.

Stepping up at the major championships is the next task for the 31-year-old, but his stock has never been higher.

Homa finished T-5th in the FedEx Cup last year thanks to wins at the 2021 Fortinet and 2022 Wells Fargo Championship, as well as three other top-10s. He’s already off to a great start in 2022-23 with a win in Napa and a T-20th in his last start a couple weeks ago at the Shriners Children’s Open.

Last season, Homa ranked 13th on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round (1.343) and was 57th or better in every SG category. He’s always been a solid ball striker, but he really came around on the greens. Homa jumped from 118th (-.043) in SG putting to 27th (.369).

Homa’s proximity numbers out of the rough aren’t great, so the short grass in play at Congaree could be good for his chances this week. He’s 30th in proximity from the fairway (30’2”)

Homa didn’t play in the 2021 Palmetto Championship, so this is his course debut.