Max Homa made his first cut at the Players Championship on his second try. After an MC in 2021, Homa opened last year in 72-73-71 before closing in style with a 6-under 66 to rise to T-13th.
Homa lacks a ton of course history at TPC Sawgrass, but he makes up for it with incredible recent performances.
The Californian is not far removed from his win in his home state in January at the Farmers Insurance Open. That came in the middle of a current streak of 10 top-40 finishes.
That stretch also includes solo second at the Genesis Invitational and T-3rd at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Homa’s not just beating weak fields; he’s showing well at designated events.
The 32-year-old is second on the PGA Tour this season in total strokes gained per round (2.179).
Homa’s approach play has been dialed in. He ranks sixth in SG approach (.915). He’s 22nd in approach proximity from 125-150 yards (20’6”) and from 175-200 (31’11”).
The Cal-Berkeley alum is gaining strokes in every category and has also relied on a steady putter (8th SG, .799).
This will be Homa’s second week competing in a row after a well-deserved rest to spend time with his wife and newborn. He appears to be in a good mindset to match his game of late.
“So it was nice to get home, get refreshed, spend some time with my family, work on my game and get back out here,” Homa was transcribed by ASAP Sports prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he took T-14th.
"“So it’s nice to be back working again. I do always miss competition when I’m home, but every once in a while you do need a little bit of kind of a reality check, get back to changing diapers and getting to hang out with my wife and just go back to normalcy. So it was a nice refreshing break.”"