2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational: Top 10 Power Rankings at Bay Hill

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Max Homa, 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Max Homa continues to gain respect on the PGA Tour. He’s always been a beloved figure due to his endearing personality and social media presence, but his bonafides as a golfer continue to grow more impressive.

A couple of weeks ago after going toe-to-toe with Jon Rahm and finishing in second place at the Genesis Invitational, Homa climbed into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

A few weeks earlier, Homa won his sixth career PGA Tour title in his home state at the Farmers Insurance Open. That was his second win of the 2022-23 season along with his title defense at another California event, the Fortinet Championship.

The Cal-Berkeley alum has made seven cuts in a row and hasn’t finished outside the top 40 all season. He’s also got a T-3rd in 2023 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The question now is if Homa can keep it rolling outside the friendly confines of the West Coast swing.

I’m willing to believe yes. At least at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Homa’s got a good record going at Bay Hill with T-24th (72-75-70-76) in 2020, T-10th (70-70-72-73) in 2021, and T-17th (69-74-73-74) in 2022.

He aced the par-3 14th on Saturday last year.

"“I think you hit a lot of mid irons into the greens, I’m kind of that’s my game, for the most part,” Homa was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2021. “I don’t know, it’s a little, it’s challenging tee to green and I typically drive it all right and hit my irons well, again, so I think, I don’t know, I just think that the difficulty of it kind of fits, just because you have to leave it in the right spots…”"

Homa is third on the PGA Tour this season in total strokes gained per round (2.264). His ball striking continues to get more and more consistent. He’s 15th in SG approach (.76) and has the putter rolling smooth at fifth in SG (1.025).