It can usually take a few tournaments under a player’s belt before he starts to play well at Augusta National. I see that being the case for Max Homa.
He finally got in the money last year with a T-48th (74-73-77-78) finish after missing cuts the previous two years.
Good course history matters a lot at the Masters, but I’m bucking that mantra to give Homa the nod based on the scorching run he’s been on as of late.
In the 2022-23 PGA Tour season, the 32-year-old owns wins at the Fortinet Championship in September and Farmers Insurance Open in January. He’s made eight of eight cuts and has yet to finish outside the top 40.
Homa also has a solo second at the Genesis Invitational and in his last two starts took T-6th at the Players Championship and advanced to the round of 16 at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Homa won his match play group with a 3 & 2 win over Justin Suh, a 3 & 2 win over Kevin Kisner, and a conceded victory against Hideki Matsuyama due to injury. Homa’s run ended in a 3 & 2 loss to Mackenzie Hughes.
It’s pretty wild that Homa never played the 17th or 18 holes all week in Austin.
The Cal-Berkeley alum ranks third on the PGA Tour in total strokes gained per round (2.166) behind only Jon Rahm (2.498) and Scottie Scheffler (2.283).
Homa’s iron play has been dialed. He’s fifth in SG approach (.942) and is rolling those beautiful shots in at a high rate (10th SG putting, .719).
His play in the majors is slowly improving. After missing seven of his first nine cuts, he’s made four of his last five with a career-best T-13th at the 2022 PGA Championship.